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PUBLISHED: 09:00 11 November 2011

Hornchurch players celebrate scoring the only goal of the game (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch players celebrate scoring the only goal of the game (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Rivals on the road

Saturday (3pm)

Ryman Premier Division

Concord v Hornchurch

Urchins will be keen to redress the balance having suffered an FA Cup exit at the hands of Rangers earlier this season.

Tambeson Eyong cancelled out Kyle Asante’s opener at Bridge Avenue in the first qualifying round tie, but former Urchin Harry Elmes restored Concord’s lead and Matt Marshall’s header sealed a 3-1 win.

“We never got going,” moaned Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane in the aftermath of that defeat.

But his team have certainly recovered well and sat, briefly, atop the league table recently before being replaced at the summit by Billericay.

McFarlane expects another tough battle against their old rivals, despite their lowly position in the table.

Concord have won just once in 14 league games to date, but McFarlane believes they will turn things around - and hopes they wait a few more days to start their comeback.

Ryman Division 1N

Waltham Forest v Romford

Boro boss Paul Martin admits he would have expected three points from this fixture last season.

But Forest are much improved and currently sit above Romford on goal difference in seventh place.

They drew 3-3 at Tilbury last weekend, as Boro produced a strong second-half display to see off Heybridge with goals from Abs Seymour.

And Martin, who will be without suspended defenders Paul Clayton and James Ishmail, knows his side will have to work hard to record a third successive win. He said: “I saw them about three weeks ago and they looked comfortable. They’re a strong side.”


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