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PUBLISHED: 15:38 01 March 2011

James Ishmail is nearing a return for Romford (TGS)

James Ishmail is nearing a return for Romford (TGS)

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Romford v Wingate; Maldon v Hornchurch (friendly)

Romford manager Paul Martin is hoping it stays dry over the next few hours to enable tonight’s Ryman One North clash with Wingate to go ahead.

Boro saw their clash at Redbridge fall victim to a waterlogged pitch on Saturday, but Mill Field landlords Aveley played last night, beating Southend 2-1 in their Essex Senior Cup semi-final.

Paul Kavanagh could miss out due to illness and James Ishmail is still ‘a week away’ from a first-team return.

But Martin said: “We should have our normal squad for tonight. Kevin Neville will drop in for Kav and Ish might get half a game in the Capital League tomorrow.

“We’ve got four or five trialists to look at as well and a young lad who has been released by Millwall, but we’ve signed a Portuguese lad. We’re just waiting for his international clearance from the FA.”

Boro had to settle for a point at Enfield Town last week, after conceding a last-minute goal, but remain firmly in the play-off race.

Martin added: “Brentwood nicked a late winner at Enfield Town on Saturday and hopefully these other teams will keep taking points off each other.

“We’re looking forward to tonight. It should be a decent game, but as always it depends on if we turn up or not.

“We gave the boys the day off on Saturday, so hopefully they’re rested and refreshed.

“Wingate have always had a lovely pitch at their place but can they play their football at our place?”

Hornchurch travel to Maldon for a friendly tonight, having closed the gap in the Premier Division play-off race with a 3-1 win at Concord.

Urchins could even afford a penalty miss by Jonathan Hunt, who netted twice, as they moved to within four points of fifth place, with two games in hand on Kingstonian.

Boss Jimmy McFarlane said: “It was a great performance from the whole team and the best we’ve played for a good few months now.

“The conditions weren’t the best, but I felt we dealt with them the best.”

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