Rivals look to rebound

Our guide to the weekend’s fixtures

Conference South

Havant & Waterlooville v Hornchurch

Urchins did not get the new year off to the best of starts.

They ended 2012 on a high, as Tambeson Eyong’s goal clinched a derby win over Billericay.

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But there was a New Year’s Day hangover for boss Jimmy McFarlane and his men as they slumped to a 4-0 defeat at high-flying Welling.

They travel to the south coast to take on a Havant & Waterlooville side, who were edged out by Eastbourne in a five-goal thriller in midweek.

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The Hawks are led by former Bournemouth striker Lee Bradbury and currently lie three points and six places behind Hornchurch in 17th, with two games in hand.

Urchins have won on the road at Basingstoke, Maidenhead and Hayes already this term and could do with another maximum haul as they look to create some space between themselves and the relegation places in a congested division.

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Chatham v Romford

Boro had an emotional return to their former Rush Green home this week.

And it ended in tears as current tenants Grays snatched an injury-time winner against Paul Martin’s men.

Having seen two of their festive fixtures wiped out by waterlogged pitches, Boro were caught cold on their return from a 17-day break as Grays raced into a 2-0 lead.

Goals by Paul Clayton and a first for the club from Ben Jones got them back on terms, before Jeff Hammond was sent off for a second bookable offence.

But 10-man Grays grabbed all three points thanks to Junior Baker’s last-gasp effort.

It meant a fourth defeat in five for Boro, but they can travel across the River Thames with some confidence after seeing Chatham lose 4-0 at home to Grays last weekend, before slumping to a 5-1 defeat at Tilbury in midweek.

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