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Hornchurch boss McFarlane expects another tough test against Dorking

PUBLISHED: 15:00 14 September 2018

Jordan Clark of Hornchurch during AFC Hornchurch vs Harrow Borough, Emirates FA Cup Football at Hornchurch Stadium on 8th September 2018

Jordan Clark of Hornchurch during AFC Hornchurch vs Harrow Borough, Emirates FA Cup Football at Hornchurch Stadium on 8th September 2018

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Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane is expecting another tough encounter when they face play-off hopefuls Dorking Wanderers in the Bostik Premier Division this weekend.

The Urchins make the trip to the Meadowbank Stadium on Saturday as they look to cause an upset and continue their unbeaten start to the new campaign.

Marc White’s side currently sit seventh in the table one spot above McFarlane’s men but the pressure will be on the Wanderers to win the match.

“It will be a tough one, there one of the teams with loads of money, but we’ll be hard to beat like we are every week,” McFarlane said.

“We’ll be looking to go there and get the win, it will be tough as they’re a good side with some really strong experienced players, and some of their players should be playing at a higher level.”

The boss insisted the main thing he wants from this game is to come away with at least a point to keep their unbeaten record alive.

“Yes, but the main thing is we don’t lose, if we go there and draw I’ll take that over a loss all day.”

They go into the match on the back of a 3-1 friendly defeat to Chelmsford City in mid-week where Hornchurch used the match to experiment and try out a few trialists.

Goals from Taylor Miles, Shaun Batt and a trialist sealed the victory for Rod Stringer’s side despite a consolation goal from an Urchins trialist at Bridge Avenue.

“It was a brilliant work-out, really worthwhile, we had a couple of trialists and a couple of other boys needed some minutes.

“It was a good game to watch as well I thought.”

Connor Hogan, who usually operates as a midfielder, was played as a centre-back in the match and McFarlane explained his reasons for that switch.

“We didn’t have enough defenders as I wanted to rest Jordan and Nathan Cooper, we had no one else that can play there, he done alright but he did give away a penalty and a free-kick.

“They scored from the free-kick, but it was one of them games where you think do we need a friendly in the first month of the season, but it was a really good game and a good work-out for both teams.”

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