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Hackney Wick owner wants improving side to fight on in uphill battle to avoid drop

PUBLISHED: 13:00 12 April 2018

Hackney Wick striker Tony Cookey finds the net (Pic: Tim Edwards)

Hackney Wick striker Tony Cookey finds the net (Pic: Tim Edwards)

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Hackney Wick owner Bobby Kasanga wants his men to continue giving themselves a fighting chance to remain in the Essex Senior League.

Hackney Wick in action against Ilford (Pic: Tim Edwards)Hackney Wick in action against Ilford (Pic: Tim Edwards)

Wick welcome title-chasing Takeley to the Old Spotted Dog on Thursday (7.45pm) as they look to cause an upset and make it three wins in a row after sealing a 3-2 victory against Southend Manor and 2-1 win against Ilford over the course of the past week.

Kasanga’s men remain bottom of the table with six matches left this campaign, but the owner has insisted they will keep fighting until the end as they bid to survive.

“We have told ourselves we have got a mountain to climb but we want to give ourselves a fighting chance,” he said.

“There is still a bit of confusion as to how many teams will be relegated so we just need to keep going.

“We have games in hand on most teams around us and if we can win them we’ll just be a few points behind.”

The Wickers owner believes his side must take inspiration from Enfield who have gone onto win seven games in a row and pull away from the drop zone.

“Teams like Enfield have won seven on the bounce so why can’t we go and win our last six,” added Kasanga, who says the pressure is all on Takeley to win the game as they’re chasing the title and still have 11 games left to play.

“Against Takeley we have nothing to lose. The pressure is on them and they’re expected to win. What will be, will be. We will be treating each and every game as a final, and taking it one game at a time.

“The lads can go out there and play with freedom and we’ll see what happens.”

The two sides have met twice this season with Takeley coming out on top on both occasions with a 4-1 win in the league and a 4-0 victory in the cup.

“We’ve played Takeley twice, the first time we lost 4-1 and more recently we lost 4-0, but to be fair to them they’re a very good passing team,” Kasanga said.

“I think they’ve put on the best performance against us all season. At the same time they lost to West Essex 2-0 on the weekend so they’re beatable.

“They’re going for the title and we’re trying to ensure our own survival so it should be a good game.”

Wick also travel to fellow strugglers Stansted on Tuesday.

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