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Harrow Borough prepare to face Dulwich Hamlet in Ryman League opener

PUBLISHED: 16:39 06 August 2014 | UPDATED: 16:39 06 August 2014

Harrow Borough striker Simeon Akinola (right). Pic: Andrew Aleksiejczuk

Harrow Borough striker Simeon Akinola (right). Pic: Andrew Aleksiejczuk

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Harrow Borough coach Mark Faulkner is preparing his side for a tough encounter on the opening day of the season at Dulwich Hamlet on Saturday, writes Rob Brennan.

Dulwich narrowly missed out on the play-offs last season and despite losing top scorer Erhun Oztumer to Peterborough United during the off season, Faulkner expects a difficult game at Champion Hill.

He said: “It is a boost in one sense but we might get over there and find they have another little nugget.

“With Dulwich they have got a great catchment over there.

“I know the guys over there run an academy over there and they probably get the best of all the inner London lads who might have been at the likes of West Ham, Spurs and Arsenal.

“They play the right way.

“We ran them close three times last year. We beat them here, lost in the FA Trophy in the last seconds of the game and then we lost 3-2 in the return game at their place.

“It will be a tough test but I think we are in a better place this season.”

Borough finished up their pre-season fixtures with a 2-0 over Hemel Hempstead and Faulkner believes Dave Anderson deserves the plaudits for managing to keep the squad together over the summer.

He said: “That is down to the gaffer – he has done a lot of work in the summer getting people signed up.

“We’ve added a few – Lewis Driver is a striker who has joined from Burnham. He works hard and is a good guy – we are really happy with him.

“Hopefully we can get a full season out of Harold [Odametey] who has got good energy. Spencer Bellotti is just coming back from a quite serious illness and Anthony Maissiat the French lad – hopefully we can get a good season out of him.”

Faulkner worked at the QPR academy for five years and also had a spell coaching at Watford before joining Borough and is confident a change in formation will see Harrow avoid a relegation fight.

He said: “We are trying to play a diamond in the middle of the park.

“There isn’t much width to it. Sometimes the players will dictate the system you play.

“I think your success is determined by your budget. I don’t think they are a bad group of lads and I think a mid-table finish is achievable.”

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