Haringey Borough boss Loizou positive about Hawks trip

Haringey Borough forward Chinedu McKenzie (centre) is congratulated by his team-mates (pic: George P

Haringey Borough forward Chinedu McKenzie (centre) is congratulated by his team-mates (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo). - Credit: George Phillipou/TGS Photo

The north Londoners will travel to East Sussex this weekend

Haringey Borough make the long trip to Whitehawk this weekend in the Bostik Premier and boss Tom Loizou is looking forward to the day.

The Coles Park club have faced a number of strong sides already this season and Saturday’s clash will be no different up against a Hawks team who were relegated from the National League South.

Borough face a lengthy journey to East Sussex, but Loizou is keen to look at the positives and feels it could be a memorable occasion.

He said: “Saturday is a long one, but trips like that normally bring the players closer together, especially if you come back with all three points, so that’s what I’m hoping for.

“We need to start winning league games to stay in touch, but we are under the radar at the moment, which suits me.”

Loizou’s men have only secured one Bostik Premier victory this season, but they have triumphed on two occasions in the FA Cup.

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On Saturday, Haringey made it into the second qualifying round with a dramatic 3-2 victory away to Brentwood Town.

The Bostik North outfit put up a strong fight and were heading through when ex-Borough winger Ayrton Coley put them 2-1 ahead in the 81st minute.

Fortunately for the away side, Chinedu McKenzie equalised just seven minutes later and Femi Akinwande grabbed a stoppage-time winner at the Arena.

Borough were able to pocket £6,000 in prize money as a result and Loizou admitted it means a great deal to the north Londoners, and will be put to good use.

He added: “It is three wins for us this season and the most important thing about Saturday was the financial reward.

“We are a Bostik Premier club now and we haven’t even got any tracksuits, so hopefully the FA Cup money will help us be able to buy them and it will make us look more like a team.

“It really does mean so much to me and the football club to win this game and be in the second qualifying round.”

After being favourites during the FA Cup tie on Saturday, the Coles Park club will go back to being underdogs this weekend with Whitehawk in sixth position.

Borough are 14th, but have had to face some strong teams so far like Worthing and Bognor Regis Town, who are second and third.

Following Saturday’s away trip, they will be in London Senior Cup action on Tuesday night when Beckenham Town visit.