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Hornchurch look to extend unbeaten start to the league against Grays Athletic

PUBLISHED: 12:00 03 October 2017

Hornchurch players celebrate their winning goal at Hertford Town (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch players celebrate their winning goal at Hertford Town (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch will look to continue their unbeaten run in the league after suffering their first defeat of the season as they crashed out of the FA Cup 2-0 to Hereford FC.

The Urchins will host Grays Athletic as they return to Bostik North action and will be hoping they can complete the double over their local rivals at Bridge Avenue this evening (7.45pm kick-off).

Manager Jim McFarlane expects another tough encounter similar to their 2-0 victory earlier this season at Parkside.

“It will be another tough game like the first one,” he said.

“Grays are going to turn the corner, without a shadow of a doubt, you’ve only got to look at the players they’ve got and look at their manager who has been there and done it.

“They will turn a corner, I just hope it’s from Wednesday onwards.”

McFarlane admits his side will not read too much into Grays start to the season as he knows they’ve got some real quality in their side.

“I won’t be going there looking at no league table as I expect a real tough game.

“They’ve got the likes of Kieran Bishop, Jamie Slabber and Joao Carlos.

“That’s why I said what I say they’ve just had a bit of bad luck and I’ve been in that position, when it isn’t going your way you start to think negatively on the pitch, but I’m expecting a tough game.”

Hornchurch go into the match after losing their first match of the campaign as they lost 2-0 to Hereford, but McFarlane believes he is pleased the run ended in the cup rather than the league.

“I’d rather our run end in the cup than the league, as at the end of the day the league is our bread and butter.”

The boss also believes his side played good football in the first-half, but the second-half Hereford came into their own.

“We didn’t allow them to come into it in the first-half we were playing with so much pace and temp.

“In the second-half, whether they upped it or we never got going, either way they were good.

“We didn’t even look like scoring, which is very rare for us this season.”

The cup clash drew in a gate of 2,440 fans, which was split between the two teams, and McFarlane revealed that paid for their trip.

“It made it worth our while going up the night before as it paid for itself even though the club still had to pay for it upfront.

“That’s how our club does things, they like to do things properly and on the whole it was a nice game to be involved in and a great atmosphere.”

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