Tower Hamlets will face two tough ties against Lilywhites and rivals Sporting Bengal

A Tower Hamlets player looks to find the net against West Essex from a free kick (pic: Tim Edwards).

A Tower Hamlets player looks to find the net against West Essex from a free kick (pic: Tim Edwards). - Credit: Archant

Tower Hamlets face a hectic weekend with two home fixtures against Hoddesdon Town and rivals Sporting Bengal United.

Luke With looks to keep the ball for Tower Hamlets from several West Essex rivals (pic: Tim Edwards)

Luke With looks to keep the ball for Tower Hamlets from several West Essex rivals (pic: Tim Edwards). - Credit: Archant

AJ Ashanike’s side will welcome The Lilywhites to the Mile End Stadium on Saturday before hosting the Mile End derby on Monday evening.

Although, they will be without their manager Ashanike, who is away but Joe Biscoe and Francesco Zabotti will take the reins on the weekend.

“The next two games are going to be big tests, I’m not actually there I’m away, but I’ve left the team with Joe Biscoe,” Ashanike said.

“Joe will do a good job I’m sure.


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“They’re tough matches, but if they can come away with four points from those two games I’ll be more than delighted.”

The boss has revealed no one’s place in the starting eleven is stay as they currently sit second from bottom in the Essex Senior League after a miserable start to the campaign.

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“From now on everyone is going to be fighting for their shirts and the winning team will stay on until they get beat.

“The kids will get another game on Saturday after impressing against West Essex to see how they get on and hopefully they will have another chance on Monday.”

Ashanike did have plenty of praise for Imrul Gazi’s Bengal side, who Hamlets share a ground with, ahead of the derby.

“Bengal are doing really well this year, they’ve kept their squad for the last few years, and it’s probably just about time for them to show how good the boys are in that team,” he said.

“It’s a rivalry game, a big derby, and some of the boys know exactly what it means but I think it will be a really good game.

“I think it might be the best derby game in the last five years.”

Although, the derby is a big occasion, the boss is more concerned about pulling away from the foot on the table in the coming weeks.

“I looked at the table and if we can get a good run of four or five games together then I think we should get out of trouble.

“The boys we’ve got in right now are more than positive about getting out of trouble.”

Hamlets did turn their fortunes round as they nicked a 2-2 draw against mid-table West Essex.

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