Following Saturday’s 1-0 win away to Waltham Abbey the Urchins are guaranteed a top 5 position in this season’s Ryman Division 1 North.  Maldon & Tiptree will also feature in the play-off mix following their draw at home to Dereham Town on the same day.

Thurrock, in 4th place, are 8 points clear of 6th placed Bowers & Pitsea with 3 games to go so still require 2 points.

5th placed Phoenix Sports are 5 points further back and and will be competing with Bowers & Pitsea, Haringey Borough, Cheshunt, Norwich Utd and Aveley for what is arguably the final play-off spot.

Hornchurch will have a big say in who will join them in the top 5 as they host both Phoenix Sports and Bowers & Pitsea whilst also visiting Aveley in the final 3 games.

Remaining games for the key protagonists:

Maldon & Tiptree:  P43 Pts 85; Romford (a), Heybridge Swifts (h), Soham Town Rangers (a)
AFC Hornchurch:  P43 Pts 82; Phoenix Sports (h), Aveley (a), Bowers & Pitsea (h)
Thurrock:  P43 Pts 80; Dereham Town (a), Romford (h), Wroxham (a)
Phoenix Sports:  P43 Pts 75; AFC Hornchurch (a), Thamesmead Town (h), Heybridge Swifts (a)