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Trophy test for Hornchurch

Saturday

FA Trophy, 1st round

Hornchurch v Farnborough

Urchins will look to keep their Trophy hopes alive as they welcome Conference South Farnborough to Bridge Avenue.


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Jimmy McFarlane’s men have beaten Wingate, Harrow and Thurrock to reach the first round, where �5,000 in prize money is on offer.

Hornchurch have had their problems on home turf this season, but their excellent away form has seen them climb into the Ryman Premier Division play-off places.

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They went out of the Essex Senior Cup at Colchester in midweek, but McFarlane has already admitted that competition was the lowest of his priorities.

The controversial dismissal of Andy Tomlinson in that tie left the Urchins boss considering an appeal, but captain Elliot Styles played for close to an hour on his return from injury.

Ryman Division One North

Sudbury v Romford

Boro have fond memories of Suffolk, having won the corresponding fixture 4-0 last season.

But they visit an improving Sudbury side, who have won at Heybridge and Maldon over the past seven days.

Romford edged past lowly Great Wakering last weekend, thanks to a solitary goal from captain Paul Clayton, but a much-changed side bowed out of the Essex Senior Cup in midweek, losing 3-0 to Premier Division side Canvey.

Strikers Kurt Smith and Nick Reynolds are long-term absentees due to a broken leg and broken fingers, respectively.

But Adrian Clifton is back at the club after failing to complete a move to Premier Division leaders Billericay.

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