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Tower Hamlets target Barkingside scalp

PUBLISHED: 17:00 10 August 2016

Tower Hamlets boss Ade Abayomi (pic: Tim Edwards)

Tower Hamlets boss Ade Abayomi (pic: Tim Edwards)

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Boss Abayomi wants Essex Senior League points

Tower Hamlets will aim to pick up their first points of the Essex Senior League season against new boys Barkingside tonight (Wednesday).

But boss Ade Abayomi has warned his players to expect a ‘tense affair’ at Cricklefield Stadium against the former Ryman North club.

Hamlets fell to a 2-0 defeat in their opening game of the season away to Clapton and are hoping to have more luck on the road against the team which lost 5-1 to Ilford.

Both teams go into the game on the back of impressive FA Cup wins at the weekend and Abayomi believes his squad have enough to compete against ‘Side.

“In my opinion we can give them a game, they’ve just come down from the Ryman North so I predict a very tense affair,” he said.

“It’ll be difficult for us. They have three or four of our ex-players so they will want to prove a point against us, but some of our younger players don’t know that.

“I expect to make a few changes to the team, but other than that I expect us to be largely unchanged from the team the other day.

“If we play like we did at the weekend then I’m confident that we can give anyone in the league a game.”

Scoring goals was no problem for Hamlets at the weekend as they put four past Enfield, after being 2-0 down.

But Abayomi has admitted that conceding goals at the other end is becoming a worry, adding: “We’ve been giving away many cheap goals recently and that is why we lost in the league the other day.

“We did it the other day in the cup, but we got away with it.

“We’ve been doing a lot of work recently to make teams work for their goals, so hopefully we won’t concede as many against Barkingside.”

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