Bostik North: Haringey Borough back in the play-off positions after good week

Anthony McDonald of Haringey Borough under pressure from Jamie Hursit of Hornchurch (pic: Ray Lawren

Anthony McDonald of Haringey Borough under pressure from Jamie Hursit of Hornchurch (pic: Ray Lawrence/TGS Photo) - Credit: Ray Lawrence/TGS Photo

A fine solo goal by Anthony McDonald helped inspire a 2-0 victory at home to Ware last Saturday

Haringey Borough’s hopes of making the Bostik North play-offs were given a boost this week both on and off the pitch.

Ahead of entertaining Ware on Saturday, Tom Loizou’s team discovered two of their rivals for a top-six finish had been deducted points.

Potters Bar Town and Dereham Town were both in the play-off positions, but the pair have been charged by the FA for fielding ineligible players.

The League confirmed the news last week that both the Bostik North clubs had been in breach of rule E10 - failure to comply with an automatic suspension.

Each club was found to also be in breach of League rule 6.9 (playing an ineligible player) and points gained in those matches were deducted.

It saw Potters Bar and Dereham both deducted three points and coupled with the results on Saturday, the Coles Park club have now gone up to fourth in the table.

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Haringey Borough hosted Ware and despite the division strugglers putting up a brave fight, Loizou’s men eventually earned a 2-0 win.

Coby Rowe opened the scoring in the 34th minute at Coles Park and the hosts held onto their 1-0 advantage at the end of the first half.

Borough pushed for another after the break and Anthony McDonald added a second just before the hour mark with a stunning solo goal.

It ensured Haringey picked up a deserved three points, which has moved them up to fourth in the table now and two points ahead of Dereham in seventh.

McDonald said: “A great 2-0 win for Haringey Borough, I am glad to have broken my goalscoring drought.”

Loizou will hope his team can make it three wins in a row this weekend when they visit Tilbury.

Borough head to Chadfields off the back of victories over Hertford Town (1-0) and Ware (2-0) and the north Londoners have won four of their last five games in all competitions.

Tilbury and Haringey last did battle on January 29 at Coles Park and goals from Michael Ademiluyi and Bradley Sach earned Borough a 2-0 home victory.

Another similar result at the weekend would see Haringey stay on track for the play-offs.