Horndean boss predicting ‘goals galore’ at the start of a huge fortnight

Michael Birmingham is predicting an attacking encounter when his in-form Horndean side visit at Brockenhurst.

Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 2:06 pm
Updated Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 5:12 pm
Horndean's Jack Maloney, right, is available for this weekend's trip to Brockenhurst. Picture: Keith Woodland

'If I was a betting man I would have this one pencilled in for goals galore,’ he declared.

'Both teams play good attacking football and are strong going forward.

'I have a lot of respect for Brockenhurst and their manager.

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'They are horrible to play against because they are well-drilled and keep coming at you.

'Being a very young side, they have plenty of pace.

'Their good result against Lymington in midweek (a 2-1 away win in the Bournemouth Senior Cup will also give them more confidence.'

Fourth-placed Horndean have won three and drawn one of their last four games.

They, too, will be buoyed by their 4-0 win at Shaftesbury in their last game.

The visitors are boosted by the availability of Jack Maloney who has been sidelined by a virus.

'Now we are getting back near to full-strength, my biggest problem is picking a squad of 16, let alone my starting line-up,' said Birmingham.

This weekend is the start of a potentially season-defining period for Horndean.

Next Tuesday they travel to second-placed Stoneham, followed by a trip to third-placed Hamble Club and a midweek home clash with fifth-placed AFC Portchester.