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Tower Hamlets manager Ade Abayomi honoured to be in FA Cup again

PUBLISHED: 12:30 05 August 2016

A Tower Hamlets player lets fly against Clapton (pic: Tim Edwards)

A Tower Hamlets player lets fly against Clapton (pic: Tim Edwards)

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Talented youngsters from Mile End shone in competition last year and will be hoping to do the same again

Tower Hamlets boss Ade Abayomi insists it is an honour to play in the FA Cup and expects to see his team give Enfield a game on Saturday.

The Mile End Stadium club began their Essex Senior League campaign with a 2-0 loss at Clapton last week.

But Abayomi is hoping his talented youngsters can try to bounce back in the extra preliminary round of the world’s most famous competition.

Last season Tower Hamlets fired five past Wivenhoe Town on their way to a 5-1 away success to reach the preliminary round where they faced Cockfosters.

And although they exited the FA Cup after a four-goal reverse at home to the north Londoners in a replay, Abayomi is excited to be involved in the tournament again.

“The FA Cup games are the ones we always look forward to, it’s an honour to play in this competition so let’s see what we can do,” he said.

“Enfield is going to be a tough game, it will be hard, but I expect everybody to give 100 per cent.

“If you can’t raise it for the FA Cup then I don’t think you are ever going to, so we can’t wait for Saturday.”

Tower Hamlets conceded twice in the first half at the Old Spotted Dog to taste defeat in their league opener.

But after a positive training session at the start of the week, the Mile End manager is sure his team can bounce back at Enfield.

Abayomi added: “I’m looking forward to Saturday’s match. We had a training session on Monday and the boys looked sharp.

“They could see for themselves that we have better quality this year, but nobody remembers how good you played, they just talk about the result so it is something our players need to be aware of for this weekend.”

Even though Tower Hamlets failed to find the net on Saturday, they did have opportunities at the Old Spotted Dog.

Omar Rowe had a free-kick saved by Tons goalkeeper Pape Diagne while new recruit Ade Orenaike fired wide following a corner.

After their FA Cup tie, Abayomi’s squad will make the short trip to face Barkingside in the league next Wednesday (August 10).

He added: “The second half at the weekend we showed what we can do and the pitch is a lot better at Clapton so we could play our game.

“It is only the first match, it’s gone now and we’re focused on Saturday.”

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