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Hornchurch look to bounce back after cup heartbreak

PUBLISHED: 14:00 12 October 2018

Hampton hold their line from another Hornchurch attack (Pic: Neil Hood/TGS Photo)

Hampton hold their line from another Hornchurch attack (Pic: Neil Hood/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch will be looking to rebound from a miserable week in cup competitions as they look to get back to their impressive start to the Bostik League Premier Division campaign.

Chris Dickson of Hampton & Richmond Borough and Urchins Jordan Clark battle for the ball (Pic: Neil Hood/TGS Photo)Chris Dickson of Hampton & Richmond Borough and Urchins Jordan Clark battle for the ball (Pic: Neil Hood/TGS Photo)

The Urchins currently sit sixth in the table after going nine games unbeaten to start the new season and will visit strugglers Corinthian Casuals on Non-League Day.

Manager Jimmy McFarlane will be hoping they can extend that run to 10 when they make the trip to the King George’s Field Tolworth on Saturday.

And the boss is looking forward to returning to league action, but wanted to make it clear that no one should underestimate the FA Cup after his side crashed out with a 1-0 defeat to National League South side Hampton & Richmond Borough in the third qualifying round.

“That’s our bread and butter. The FA Cup is lovely and the finance side of things obviously plays a part,” McFarlane said.

“The FA Cup holds a bit of kudos, I think it’s undervalued. I’m a big fan of the FA Cup and I think the Premier League sides, when they put their kids in, it undervalues it as I think it’s the greatest cup competition in the world.

“To be in it at any round as a footballer is great. I used to get a buzz when I was playing in the FA Cup, but this year we’re not going to win it.”

Despite the Casuals currently sitting second from bottom, McFarlane expects yet another tough test, and is hoping to have a few of his players returning from injury, having made several changes for Tuesday’s Velocity Trophy clash with Coggeshall, which ended in a 2-0 defeat.

“No games are easy in this league, but we’re going there confident as tonight (Tuesday) won’t have dented it, and we’ll be looking to win.

“Fingers crossed we might have a few back.”

One player who could be in contention is defender Kenzer Lee who returned from eight weeks on the sidelines in their Trophy clash in midweek.

“He’s a good player, it’s been underestimated how well we’ve done without him,” he said.

“We brought in Leon Smith who has been outstanding for us, he’s done really well, but if you lose a player with the calibre of Kenzer Lee it normally has an affect, but it hasn’t fortunately.

“That’s because Leon has stepped up, Alex Bentley, Jordan Clark, and we had Nathan (Cooper) up until a week or so ago.

“We got by, so it’s onwards and upwards now.”

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