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FA Cup prize money is the incentive says Hornchurch boss McFarlane

PUBLISHED: 15:00 21 September 2018

Hornchurch players huddle (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch players huddle (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane says prize money remains the biggest incentive for his side ahead of their FA Cup clash with Bostik South East side East Grinstead Town this weekend.

The Urchins will welcome the West Sussex-based side to Bridge Avenue on Saturday for their second qualifying round tie as they look to continue their unbeaten start to the season.

Boss McFarlane and his side will be keen to stretch their run to 10 games as well as bag themselves another £9,000 in prize money, after already nabbing £6,000 for their 1-0 win against Harrow Borough in the last round.

“That’s the biggest incentive, but to keep our run going is another thing, as if we go unbeaten on Saturday that will be 10 games,” McFarlane said.

“The prize money, where it has gone up a bit this year, is vitally important to the club and we certainly won’t be taking East Grinstead lightly.

“I know a few of their players and they beat VCD Athletic on Saturday, who are flying in the South East division, so we certainly won’t be approaching the game any lighter than we approached Dorking on Saturday.”

The former defender also revealed he will get a report on their opponents The Wasps, who are an unknown to his side, and will not read anything into their 9-2 defeat to Hastings United in the Velocity Trophy.

“It will be an unknown challenge. I’ll get a report from a manager of a team they’ve played recently and I won’t read anything into the league cup result as I’ve been through their team,” he added.

“Their team (on Tuesday) and the team that beat VCD on Saturday was completely different all bar one player, so it’s not worth reading into the result.”

McFarlane rested a few players in their 1-0 victory against Basildon in the first round of the Velocity Trophy on Tuesday due to injury.

“Without giving too much away injury-wise we’ve had a few lately that are still carrying some knocks,” he added.

“We mixed it about a bit and I know 1-0 is never comfortable, but it was as comfortable as a 1-0 can get.

“To go nine games unbeaten in all competitions (three wins, six draws) at the level we’re at is a massive achievement.”

*See page 72 for more news.

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