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Friday, March 27, 2020

Matt Withers is joined by Dave Evans and Dan Bennett to discuss the latest on West Ham United, Leyton Orient, Dagenham & Redbridge and non-league football.

Gordon Banks, Peter Shilton, Kasper Schmeichel, Herbert Bown – Herbert who? A hundred years have passed since former Romford goalkeeper Herbert Bown cemented his name into Leicester City football folklore.

Hornchurch saw their hopes of promotion from the Isthmian League shattered by a decision to end the 2019/20 season with immediate effect with all results expunged.

The FA and the leagues from step 3 to 6 of the non league football system have reached a consensus that the 2019/20 season will be ended with immediate effect and all results will be expunged.

The National League has asked the Football Association to end the 2019/20 season “as soon as possible” but is yet to make a decision on any possible outcomes.

The Football Association (FA) says a decision is still yet to be made on whether the National League and other non-league seasons will resume or be cancelled.

The Southern League and Isthmian League have “commenced the process” of terminating their league seasons after they were postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Romford chairman Steve Gardener says he can only see three options for the football season moving forward after leagues were suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Hornchurch manager Mark Stimson is hoping they will be able to fulfil this season’s fixtures but knows the health of everyone involved at the club must be the priority during the coronavirus pandemic.

Following statements from the UK Government yesterday as well as statements from The FA, the leagues forming Steps 1-4 of the National Leagues System with representatives of steps 5-6 met by conference call and decided that all matches be suspended until April 3.

The National League has suspended all competition until April 3 due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Despite Dagenham & Redbridge’s trip to Woking being postponed due the outbreak of coronavirus, six National League games still went ahead on Saturday.

The National League has announced that games in all three of its divisions will go ahead tomorrow despite the coronavirus outbreak.

Hornchurch manager Mark Stimson is backing his squad to finish the campaign strongly as they look to stay in the Isthmian League Premier Division play-off places while trying to even ramp up a title charge.

Romford face a mammoth week of league action, but assistant manager Christos Mead insists they will just take it one game at a time.

Hornchurch manager Mark Stimson felt it was two points dropped by his men as they drew 1-1 with strugglers Corinthian Casuals, writes Jacob Ranson.

Romford assistant manager Christos Mead was pleased with how they grinded out a 1-0 victory over play-off chasing Tilbury on Wednesday, writes Jacob Ranson.

Isthmian North: Romford 1 Tilbury 0

Hornchurch slipped down to third place in the Premier Division after being held by lowly Casuals on Saturday.

Matt Withers is joined by Dave Evans, Jacob Ranson, Dan Bennett and Matt Clemenson to reason about another week in East London football.

Romford assistant manager Derek Duncan is expecting another tough test for his side when they take on play-off chasing Coggeshall Town.

Hornchurch manager Mark Stimson is hoping the depth of his squad can play a vital role in the final stretch of the season.

Hornchurch manager Mark Stimson was delighted with Ellis Brown’s debut performance in their 2-1 victory over Haringey Borough on Saturday.

Romford assistant manager Derek Duncan was keen to heap praise on AFC Sudbury after their 2-1 defeat in mid-week which saw them remain bottom of the Isthmian North.

Isthmian North: Romford 1 AFC Sudbury 2

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