Romford look forward to run out

Tuesday friendly: Hornchurch v Romford (7.30pm)

Romford boss Paul Martin hopes to give most of his squad a run out in their friendly at Hornchurch tonight.

Boro were left frustrated once again at the weekend, when their Ryman One North clash at lowly Leyton was cancelled due to problems with the water supply at the Hare & Hounds ground.

The recent thaw allowed all other games to be played and Martin was in the stands to see Maldon snatch a 2-2 draw with Needham Market.

He said: “It’s frustrating, but what do you do? It’s another game we’ve got to get in.

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“I went to watch Maldon and 2-2 was a good result for us, so was Wingate losing to Potters Bar.”

Boro have not played since their 2-0 home defeat against leaders East Thurrock on December 14 and, although Hornchurch won 3-0 at Premier Division rivals Wealdstone at the weekend, they have not played at home since November 23.

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Tonight’s derby clash enables both clubs the chance to get their respective seasons up and running again, with local bragging rights at stake.

Martin added: “I’d like to try and give everyone 45 minutes. I’ll have a squad of 16-18 and will try to shuffle it around if the referee allows us to.

“Hopefully we’ll even be able to give Jimmy Noakes 20 minutes to see how he is.”

The two clubs have not met since February 2006, when Hornchurch won 3-0 at Bridge Avenue in front of a crowd of 702 on their way to the Essex Senior League title.

Urchins had won the away fixture 2-0 just before Christmas.

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