After a win and defeat in the last week, the trio of lower league opposition comes to a close in North London. Football league opposition awaits after, but Robbie’s mem face Haringey Brough for a consecutive preseason. It will be another good test for the Clarets, as they continue preparations for the upcoming season.


Formed in 1973, Haringey Borough are located in Tottenham, North London. They play their football in the isthmian League Premier Division, 1 step below the Clarets. In 2018, they had a fabulous FA Cup run, as they reached the First Round. Sadly, AFC Wimbeldon rolled into town, and took a late 1-0 win, to progress. The Dons would go on to beat Premier League West Ham in the Fourth round, before defeat to Millwall in the Fifth. In the dugout, Haringey are coached by Tom Loizou, who has been at the club since 2008. Prior to his appointment in North London, he had managed Enfield Town. He had guided the club to the Isthmian Premier, after promotion in the 2017/18 season. However, next season would be met with disappointment as they finished 3rd but lost in the playoffs. After 2 COVID abandoned season, they slumped to 17th and 15th placed finishes.

In terms of players, they have a mixed bunch. In the centre of the park, they have Bobson Bawling. Having played for both Chelsea and Watford’s academies, Bobson got a good number of games at Crawley Town. Making 71 league appearances scoring 6, he departed in 2017 as he then dropped to non-League. He is in his second spell at Coles Park, having briefly departed for Hendon. Partnering him, they have former Leyton Orient midfielder Matt Young. He has played at the Clarets’ level, having played for Hemel Hempstead briefly last season. After also being on loan at Haringey, he put pen to paper on a deal for the 23/24 season. He also has had football league experience at the O’s having played 15 times over 2 seasons. They also have former League Two Apprentice of the Year, Arthur Iontton. Coming through at Stevenage, he has also had time in the National League South. In 2020, he played on loan at Essex rivals Braintree Town, before having a spell in Southwest London, at Hampton & Richmond Borough.


Last preseason, the Clarets headed to Coles Park to play their first fixture. It was a hot sunny day, and the Clarets fell to a 2-1 defeat. It was a very early goal for the hosts, as they capitalised early and took the league. However, into the second half, it was Liam Trotter who equalised, However, after scoring very early on, they did it late and Haringey took the win against the Clarets.


Once again, Robbie will have many of his squad to choose from. Trialists may feature again as is a theme that we have seen throughout Pre-Season, as well as Morgan Snow who made his first ever First-Team appearance off the bench against Heybridge Swifts.


Coles Park is accessible by train. From Chelmsford, take a train to Stratford where you change and head towards Northumberland Park. After arriving at this station, take the W3 bus to the Haringey Football Club stop, where you will be dropped off outside the ground.


To keep up with the game, follow the coverage on the @OfficialClarets twitter page, where updates will be posted using the hashtag, #TheClarets.

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