Newham boss Zakir preparing for strong finish to season on the road

PUBLISHED: 15:30 04 March 2015

Newham manager Zakir Hussain (pic: Alam Zaman)

Newham manager Zakir Hussain (pic: Alam Zaman)


Hussain provides an update on Terence McMillan Stadium and discusses Ilford and Hullbridge Sports

Newham manager Zakir Hussain is resigned to the fact his team will not play at Terence McMillan Stadium this season.

Hussain’s side have yet to play a match at their spiritual home this campaign and the Essex Senior League boss doesn’t expect them to either.

“I have not really spoken to the club because it has been so long and the season is nearly coming to an end now,” he said.

“I am just concentrating on finishing the season strongly. I don’t think we will play at home before the end of the season.

“We have been fortunate that other teams have allowed us to use their grounds.

“The majority of games have already been scheduled at alternative venues so it seems like we will go through the whole year playing away from home.”

Newham have a home clash against Ilford tonight (Wednesday), which will take place at Cricklefield.

They also visit Hullbridge Sports on Saturday for an away match and Hussain is expecting stern tests from both matches. He added: “If you take away the top four the rest of us are fighting to finish between fifth or 10th or 11th in the table.

“If we can pick up points against teams around us it will help us move further ahead.

“We have two tough games in a week against Ilford and Hullbridge. Both of them are good sides and it is important we are on our game.”

Newham go into those fixtures after a 4-0 thrashing at Basildon United. It was their first match in three weeks, but match fitness wasn’t to blame for their heavy loss at Gardiners Close.

“I think the defeat was a culmination of a few things,” added Hussain. “The pitch was horrendous and it shouldn’t really have gone ahead.

“We probably had the worst officials in the league and to top it all off we were horrendous ourselves on the day.”

London Bari’s clash with Tower Hamlets was postponed at the weekend due to another waterlogged Old Spotted Dog pitch. They are set to host Barking tonight (Wednesday) and travel to face Sporting Bengal United on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Clapton lost 4-1 at Sawbridgeworth Town despite a consolation strike from Fahad Nyanja.

Tons bounced back against Waltham Forest in their Challenge Cup quarter-final tie last night (Tuesday), though, as Warren Mfula scored twice alongside Nyanja to earn a 3-0 win.

They are set to welcome Tower Hamlets on Saturday and Greenhouse on Tuesday for further league encounters.

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