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PUBLISHED: 11:42 26 March 2012

Action from Hornchurch's Ryman Premier Division meeting with Cray (Gavin Ellis/TGS)

Action from Hornchurch's Ryman Premier Division meeting with Cray (Gavin Ellis/TGS)

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Hornchurch and Romford back on road

Saturday (3pm)

Ryman Premier Division

Horsham v Hornchurch

Urchins need a win to keep their fading title hopes alive.

A late goal condemned Jimmy McFarlane’s men to a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Cray last weekend, their third loss in four matches.

And table-topping Billericay moved seven points clear at the summit after following their weekend win over Leatherhead with a 6-0 romp at relegation-threatened Aveley on Monday.

Horsham’s relegation was confirmed, meanwhile, as Harrow snatched a late winner over Met Police.

The Robins have won only three league games out of 35, but one of them came courtesy of a 2-0 victory at Bridge Avenue in late August, when Frankie Curley saw red for Urchins.

Hornchurch are without suspended captain Elliot Styles, who will also miss Tuesday’s home match with Margate, when he completes a three-match ban.

But they have produced some excellent results on the road this season and should be confident of another in Sussex.

Ryman Division 1N

Soham Town v Romford

Boro bounced back from their 4-3 home defeat against Maldon with victory over play-off hopefuls Harlow at Mill Field.

Jack Barry (10) and Kurt Smith (15) added to their tallies in a 2-1 triumph, as Paul Martin’s men moved up to 11th, eight points short of their target (56) with seven games remaining.

Boro should be confident of another success against a Soham side who have won just six of 35 matches so far this season and currently occupy 18th place.

But Martin has only one centre-back available, with James Ishmail unavailable and captain Paul Clayton and Matt Toms suspended and could be forced into a tactical rethink.

Rangers recently replaced departed player-manager Andy Furnell with Steve Fallon, who saw his new side battle to a goalless draw at Waltham Forest at the weekend.

Honours finished even when these two sides met in late August after David Cobb and Luke Hipwell twice put Soham ahead and Nick Reynolds and Smith replied on both occasions.

Reynolds then put Boro 3-2 up early in the second half, only for Matthew Robinson to snatch a point for Soham two minutes from time.


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