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TONIGHT’S FOOTBALL

PUBLISHED: 16:25 26 October 2010

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (TGS Photo)

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (TGS Photo)

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Romford v Grays; Hastings v Hornchurch

Romford’s Paul Martin is relishing his side’s Ryman One North clash with Julian Dicks’ Grays tonight.

Boro moved up to seventh with a 2-0 win at Ware at the weekend, while Grays slipped to a 2-1 home defeat against Potters Bar.

Another win could lift Martin’s men as high as third and he said: “We’ve got to knuckle down and do the right things against Grays and hope their poor form continues.

“Results have been funny this week and I think they will be all season.

“There’s not any easy games this year. You can’t walk into games thinking they’re a comfy three points.

“We’ve already got 19 points and there’s still eight games before Christmas.”

Martin was forced to play Paul Clayton at right-back at Ware, with Jack Barry out with a groin injury and Richard Oxby sidelined by long-term injury.

But he is more than pleased with how his squad is shaping up this season.

“Ware did the double over us last season and finished below us in the table. We don’t want teams doing doubles over us this year,” added Martin.

“It’s nice we’ve got the squad to shuffle it round and not weaken the side. We’re still getting results.

“It’s strange. We’re winning games and not climbing the table much, but we’ve got a game in hand still and there’s everything to play for.

“It’s a great start, but we’ll get beat along the way. We’re not getting carried away.”

Hornchurch travel to Premier Division rivals Hastings looking to build on their 3-1 win at Bury.

Another away triumph could put Urchins on the brink of the play-off places and they face a Hastings side held to a goalless draw by leaders Lowestoft, who had two men sent off, at the weekend.

Greg Enstone is unavailable, but Billy Coyne and Michael Spencer are both back in the squad after injury and manager Jimmy McFarlane is looking to keep the momentum going.

He said: “Everyone’s fit from Saturday and it’s a boost to have Billy and Michael back.

“I would’ve taken four points from these two away games beforehand and we’re looking forward to tonight.”


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