Hornchurch ‘should not fear’ leaders

McFarlane ready for Sutton test

Jimmy McFarlane says his Hornchurch side have nothing to fear in tonight’s Ryman Premier Division clash at table-topping Sutton.

Urchins battled to a 1-1 draw against second-placed Bury at the weekend and hope to have Billy Coyne and Rickie Hayles available again if they pass fitness tests.

Michael Spencer is the only long-term absentee at present and McFarlane said: “We matched Bury and tonight should be a good game and a good test for us.

“We’ve got to nothing to fear.”

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Duane Jackman netted on his return to the club to earn the point against Bury, but Urchins had Tommy Black sent off in injury time for dissent, after having a penalty appeal turned down.

Black is available tonight but will begin a two-week suspension on Saturday.

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McFarlane added: “Too much time is spent talking about referees, at every level in football, but I thought he was awful.

“The referee must have been the only person in the ground who didn’t think it was a penalty.

“It was good to see Duane score, though, and long may it continue. He gives us that extra bit of height up front.”

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