Bostik North: Tom Loizou expects plenty more Haringey Borough highs after giving Leyton Orient an FA Trophy scare

Leyton Orient stand-in captain Jobi McAnuff looks to get past Haringey Borough's Anthony McDonald (p

Leyton Orient stand-in captain Jobi McAnuff looks to get past Haringey Borough's Anthony McDonald (pic: Simon O'Connor). - Credit: Archant

After a memorable occasion last Saturday, the Coles Park club return to league action this weekend and will look to move up the table before Christmas

Tom Loizou is hoping Haringey Borough’s players can raise their game for their final three Bostik North matches in 2017 after the high of playing Leyton Orient.

Last Saturday proved to be a memorable occasion for everyone connected to the Coles Park club with 1,133 spectators coming to watch Borough host the O’s in the first round of the FA Trophy.

Although Orient claimed a 2-1 victory on the day, Haringey did themselves proud, but now need to regain their focus in the league.

Loizou’s men entertain second-placed Bowers & Pitsea this weekend before visiting Cheshunt on Boxing Day (Tuesday) and then rounding off the year with an away match at sixth in the table Maldon & Tiptree.

It is a tricky little run, but the Borough boss said: “The problem for us is we’ve had the high of playing Leyton Orient and now it might be a bit of a low playing against sides in the Bostik North.

“But if we perform like we did on Saturday then I’m sure we won’t have a problem getting wins over the next couple of weeks.”

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Haringey were back in action on Tuesday night, but suffered a narrow 1-0 loss away to Bostik Premier side Harrow Borough in the second round of the London Senior Cup.

Shaun Preddie scored the only goal of the game 14 minutes, but Loizou is optimistic Borough can enjoy a strong festive period.

Ralston Gabriel missed the defeat at Harrow and the home loss to O’s through suspension, but will be back to face Cheshunt.

Loizou added: “We missed him on Saturday and our goalkeeper Valery Pajetet and ‘Val’ is a match winner on his own.

“Hopefully in a few weeks we’ll have them all back, because we had eight missing against Orient, and we also won’t get any more injuries between now and then.”

As things stand, Haringey are currently on a two-game losing streak, but context is required with the north Londoners playing two higher level opposition over the last week.

Saturday was a wonderful day for the Coles Park club with lots of Orient fans commenting they will return again soon.

Borough also produced some stunning football, especially in the first half, and deserved to lead at the break thanks to Michael Ademiluyi’s fifth-minute strike.

Orient turned it around, but Loizou said: “There will be a lot more highs at this football club if we all stick together, but we did ourselves proud.”