Haringey head to last season's rivals still on course for back-to-back promotions
PUBLISHED: 09:00 05 April 2019
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Tom Loizou's team made it two wins in a row on Saturday and this week saw neighbours Spurs return to join them in N17
Haringey Borough will renew acquaintances with last season’s promotion rivals Hornchurch on Saturday in the Bostik Premier.
During the 2017/18 campaign, the two sides were among the clubs tipped for the title and eventually it was Urchins who sealed it with a total of 103 points.
While Hornchurch were Bostik North champions, Borough made sure they joined them in the league above, securing promotion through the play-offs.
Tom Loizou’s team finished on 89 points and saw off Heybridge Swifts and then Canvey Island to become a Bostik Premier club for the first time in their history.
Since making the jump to step three on the non-league pyramid, Borough have adapted brilliantly and remain second in the table.
As things stand, they will claim home advantage in the play-offs and it has been another fantastic season for Haringey, but they will want to finish the job.
Hornchurch is the next tricky encounter for Loizou’s men to negotiate and they will face a different side compared to the one they battled with last season.
One-time Tottenham Hotspur youngster Mark Stimson is now manager of Urchins and much of the squad has changed since the last meeting between the clubs on November 24.
Borough won 3-1 that afternoon and it turned out to be the final fixture in charge for Jimmy McFarlane, who resigned as boss of Hornchurch days later.
Defender Mark Kirby grabbed a surprise brace for Haringey in the win while Anthony McDonald was also on target in front of 260 fans at Coles Park.
Borough head to Bridge Avenue following an impressive victory at home to Lewes last weekend, after Dimitrius Froxylias’ winner.
Loizou’s men triumphed by a 2-1 score after Coby Rowe had given them an early lead in front of a big crowd of 523.
Benjamin Pope equalised for Lewes soon after, but an excellent strike by Froxylias made it two wins in a row for Haringey.
It kept Borough a point ahead of Tonbridge Angels in third and they will now seek a league double over Hornchurch on Saturday.
This week Haringey were also joined back in the area by Premier League club Spurs, who finally returned to the area and their new stadium.
An official club statement read: “On the momentous day that our neighbours Spurs move back to N17, please don’t forget about us, your local non-league club, who offer free season tickets to all, the mighty Haringey Borough.”