WHEN SATURDAY CAME…………… there was no change which affected Haringey Borough as the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th placed teams all won their final games.    Meaning that on Wednesday , May 2nd, HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS will be visiting Haringey Borough, White Hart Lane, London N17 7PJ for the Play-off semi final (7.45pm).

The winner of that game will be in the final on Sunday May 6th (3pm) against the winner of the other semi-final – either Bowers & Pitsea (in which case the match would be at their stadium in Basildon)  or Canvey Island in which case the match would be at the stadium of the winners of our game with Heybridge

The Bostik North Division kicked off with four teams in with a shout of grabbing the second promotion slot behind AFC Hornchurch. Potters Bar Town had the advantage, but were they to slip up then any of Bowers & Pitsea, Haringey Borough of Heybridge Swifts could have stepped in. After twenty minutes of their match at Barking the Scholars were level and in the live table had slipped to fourth place, but…well, you can read all about the outcome .

Bowers did all they possibly could to claw back that promotion place, going four-nil up at home to Brentwood Town after only twenty-three minutes, Lewis Manor, Ben Sartain, Jamie Dicks and Martyn Stokes the scorers. Tom Ranger pulled one back for Brentwood, but it wasn’t to be their day as Potters Bar made sure that they remained second. Haringey Borough joined Bowers on 89 points with a 2-1 win over Bury Town at Ram Meadow, Lauren Luke and Ralston Gabriel scoring to delight Aki’s Army whist Cemal Ramadan hit the target for Town; whilst Heybridge Swifts continued their good form with a 2-1 win over Soham Town Rangers, Luke Callander and Juan Luque putting them clear at the break before Lewis Clayton pulled a goal back for the away side.

Sixth place Canvey Island were already assured on a playoff spot, and had to come from behind at home to Ware to snatch a draw, Mitchell Gilbey’s second goal of the day rescuing a point after Jordon Watson and Dave Cowley had given the visitors the lead early in the second half.

The bottom of the table saw Romford start the day three points behind Norwich United, knowing that to avoid relegation they had to win and see United lose. As well as delivering on their half of that deal, the Boro will be undoubtedly sending a crate of Tizer to Cheshunt manager Craig Edwards, as the Ambers turned on the style, withstanding a brave comeback to send United crashing to relegation with a 6-3 victory. Cheshunt went three goals up through Jason Hallett (2) and Kyle Roberts only to see Adam Hipperson, Harry Barker and Charlie Hitch draw the Planters level, but Cheshunt weren’t done and Ricky Sappleton (2) and Kyle Roberts had the final say. Romford, meanwhile, were coming from behind at home to Maldon & Tiptree to turn the form book on its head and cap a magnificent April which started with them five points behind United having played a game more. Lee Barnard put the Jammers ahead, but goals from Carlos Djalo Oso, Ayodeji Olukoga and Kris Newby gave Romford some semblance of comfort before Barnard made their knees knock, bringing it back to 3-2 seven minutes from time. But a Greg Akpele goal a minute from time confirmed what many would scarcely have believed- Romford retain their Bostik North status!

The other matches saw wins for AFC Sudbury, Aveley, Dereham Town and Tilbury over Grays Athletic, Mildenhall Town, Hertford Town and Witham Town, whilst Waltham Abbey and AFC Hornchurch played out a 2-2 draw.

The Playoff Semi-Finals will take place on Wednesday night, with Bowers & Pitsea hosting Canvey Island whilst Haringey Borough take on Heybridge Swifts.

 

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The first  ever “Haringey Borough SUPPORTERS PLAYER OF THE SEASON” award for which Season Ticket Holders were the “selectors” was presented prior to the Saturday 21st April game with Witham Town.  It was an extremely close call but the Winner was  ANTHONY McDONALD.       Runner up was Ralston Gabriel and 3rd place went to Michael Ademiluyi

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BOROUGH SHIRTS are now available for purchase at a cost of £25 –  send e-mail to the Club Secretary at [email protected] for details of how to acquire one

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The Under 18s are to be congratulated for having won the Delphian Division of the Southern Counties Floodlit Youth League in this their inaugural season.  Because of the bad weather there will be no Divisional Play Offs for the overall League Championship so they will receive a Plaque as Divisional winners with the players receiving individual trophies.

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