FC Romania have had far from the dream season thus far, but they will be aiming to turn the tide when they welcome Westfield FC to The Cheshunt Stadium this Saturday.
The hosts currently sit at the foot of the Isthmian South-Central Division with just 2 wins all campaign. Their form guide makes for pretty grim reading too, losing 5 of their last 6 league fixtures.
Westfield F.C reside in 6th spot going into this tie, but they too have only picked up one win in their last 6 games, drawing 4 and losing the other. It’s clear this is a match-up of two teams with very contrasting ambitions for the season yet the same desperation for 3 points.
F.C Romania’s priority must lay with stopping the rot at the back. They have shipped 52 goals in 16 league games so far, and as a result find themselves with a goal difference of minus 28. However, they haven’t been as poor in front of goal as one might think a team bottom of the pile would be, and have actually outscored four other sides.
Adrian Hurdubei is the main talisman for the home side, notching 8 goals to his name thus far and will have to be at the peak of his powers to penetrate a Westfield defence that possesses the second-best defensive record in the league. Leaking just 15 goals so far, they come into this game off the back of a clean sheet with their 4-0 win over Chalfont St Peter.
The stakes are evenly matched for both sides, F.C Romania could get themselves off of rock bottom with a win, whilst Westfield may propel themselves into the top four, should they win and other results go their way.
The new-look Romford FC will aim to build on their latest victory over Felixstowe & Walton United when they welcome Hullbridge Sports in this latest round of fixtures.
Romford currently find themselves rooted to the bottom of the table, though things could be looking up for new gaffer Glenn Tamplin & co. After taking over in November, his losing streak lasted just 2 games. The Blues didn’t secure that famous ‘new manager bounce’, stumbling to defeat in the first couple of attempts to Coggleshall and Dereham Town, however, they go into this tie off the back of just their second win all season. To give context, it took Romford until Mid-October to get their first set of three points this campaign, for Tamplin to take just 3 games to get the club’s second should not be scoffed at.
Standing in the hosts way of back to back wins is a Hullbridge Sports side that sit 15th, with their last 6 games making for as grim reading as Romford’s, the visitors have just 4 points out of a possible 18. Hullbridge’s fans haven’t had the luxury of seeing much action going forward, their side possessing the joint second worst attacking numbers, scoring just 18 goals thus far this season.
The away side know they will need their main talisman Joseph Wright to be firing on all cylinders, the striker responsible for 38 per-cent of all Hullbridge league goals. Though they currently sit 5 places above Romford with double the points tally, Romford are a side with their tails up. The Blues know a win could potentially take them to within one point of getting off of the foot of the table.
Josh O’Brien is one of our sports journalists. He currently studies a multimedia sports journalism degree at the UCFB Wembley campus. His previous roles include writing for You are my Arsenal blog, The Sun’s Dream Team app and betting company Kwiff.