Haringey Borough face two top of the table clashes

Haringey Borough manager Tom Loizou on the touchline during their FA Cup first round tie with AFC Wi

Haringey Borough manager Tom Loizou on the touchline during their FA Cup first round tie with AFC Wimbledon (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo). - Credit: George Phillipou/TGS Photo

Depleted Haringey Borough will face a massive challenge in the Bostik League Premier Division as they have two clashes at Coles Park this weekend.

Borough welcome mid-table Folkestone Invicta on Saturday before also hosting third-placed Bishops Stortford on Monday as they look to continue their unbeaten run.

Tom Loizou’s have won five consecutive matches in the league since their FA Cup heartbreak as they lost 1-0 to AFC Wimbledon in the first round of the competition.

“That will be a massive challenge, they’re a very good side Folkestone, and then we’ve got another big game on Monday,” said Loizou.

“Hopefully we don’t pick up any more injuries.”

The long-serving boss admitted it is becoming tougher as they look to continue their recent run of form as they’re slowly picking up injuries and suspensions.

Michael Ademiluyi is currently sidelined through injury and defender Scott Mitchell is suspended after being sent off in their 2-1 defeat to National League leaders Leyton Orient in the London Senior Cup on Monday evening.

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Meanwhile, defender Coby Rowe didn’t feature on Monday after being replaced in the 67th minute by Ricky Sappleton in their last league fixture on Saturday.

“It’s getting tougher and tougher because we’re getting injuries and now suspensions, but we’ll try to hang in there,” added Loizou.

“We want to try making the play-offs and seeing what we can do from there.”

Although Borough crashed out of the London Senior Cup in the second round, they did pick up a comfortable 4-0 victory against Kingstonian on Saturday – a team Loizou labelled as one to watch ahead of the clash.

They moved up to seventh with the win as goals from Joel Nouble, Karl Akinwande, Coby Rowe and Chinedu McKenzie inspired them at King George’s Field on Saturday.

And Loizou was delighted to see his side, now eighth, defeat another one of the league’s title favourites.

“I was well pleased with beating Kingstonian 4-0 away from home. It seems like we’ve beaten all the top four or five sides now,” he said.