December 13 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 25, 2013
Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane says there is so much at stake in tomorrow’s fourth round FA cup qualifying clash against Hereford United at Bridge Avenue and he’s determined to stage an upset.
If Ryman Premier outfit Urchins can overcome Conference Premier side Hereford United they stand to gain £12,500 and a potential meeting with a Football League side in the first round proper.
Hereford United, of course, were the heroes in one of the biggest FA Cup giant-killing acts in the competition’s history when they beat First Division Newcastle United 2-1 back in 1972.
Now it is the Urchins turn to try and slay the Bulls.
“This is going to be a massive game,” said McFarlane.
“I always have a laugh with the boys before every match and say that this is our biggest game of the season so far.
“But this one really will be the biggest one we’ve played this season and will be the biggest game this football club has played for a quite a while, because there is just so much at stake.”
The Urchins have enjoyed a solid start to the season losing just three games from 19 in all competitions and McFarlane insists they will not change their build-up.
“We will approach it like we do every other game,” he insisted. “We have had a tough start to the season in the leagues and cups, having played all of the top sides except Maidstone and we’ve done well.
“So we’ll be methodical and we’ll give them the respect they are due, but not too much.”
McFarlane has an almost completely healthy squad to choose from, but is staying tight lipped about selection.
“My only selection worry, besides the long term injury to Martin Tuohy, is fitting 16 players in to 11,” he said. “I don’t want to reveal who will and won’t be playing so all I’ll say is that there will be 10 players and a keeper.”
McFarlane praised the recent support and is asking the Urchins faithful for a repeat performance tomorrow, adding: “The support has been superb and it amazes me that all these fans are coming to away games and cheering us on and singing louder than the home fans.
“We need them to be our 12th man again tomorrow.”
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