Hornchurch ready for Hemel Hempstead visit

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO) - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Boss McFarlane expects “tough” game in first home friendly

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane believes that tonight’s home game against Hemel Hempstead represents the “toughest” test of the pre-season campaign so far.

The Urchins have won twice and lost just once in four away friendlies against Witham, Dover, Cambridge City and Romford.

But their boss is expecting Hemel Hempstead, who finished fourth in the Southern League last term, to provide a stiff examination of his side when they visit Bridge Avenue.

McFarlane said: “It’s nice to play a home friendly without having to travel and we’re looking forward to it.

“It’s probably our toughest game so far.

“Hemel are a decent side who made the play-offs last season and I expect them to be up there again this time around.”

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McFarlane will use the game to look a couple of further trialists, including striker Adi Yussuf, while trying to give plenty of his squad a run-out.

He said: “I’ll be mixing it up as we now have three games in five days.

“There are a couple of new players I want to look at while there are some other players who still need more minutes on the park.”

Hornchurch are set to be without striker Martin Tuohy, who damaged a knee in the recent win at Cambridge City.

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