Essex League Premier Division: Hornchurch and Roy Smith eye home comforts over Chelmsford

PUBLISHED: 17:00 28 July 2017

Hornchurch skipper Roy Smith (right) and vice-captain Billy Gordon (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch skipper Roy Smith (right) and vice-captain Billy Gordon (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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After claiming important win last weekend, local club keen to make it two from two tomorrow

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith admits it is hard to call their Essex League Premier Division match with Chelmsford this weekend.

The two top-five clubs do battle at Harrow Lodge Park with just 13 points separating the local rivals.

Chelmsford are currently third, but a Hornchurch win this weekend would see them move up from fifth.

Smith said: “They don’t seem to be that consistent either and that seems the trend of the league this year.

“We can all beat each other and if you were a money man, you wouldn’t know who to put your money on!

“Saturday really is a 50/50 split, but hopefully we can get the job done and get a good home win.”

Hornchurch made some ground on their rivals last weekend by earning a 35-run victory at Colchester.

All other Premier Division clashes were abandoned, but Chamikara Mudalige (4-27) helped spin Smith’s side to a much-needed success.

It has boosted their hopes of finishing in the top-three, although the Harrow Lodge Park skipper knows they need to put a run together.

“The weather doesn’t look great again and we could do with getting some more consistency,” said Smith.

“At this time of year the pitches are normally good for the spinners where they have dried out, but because of the rain it might offer more for the seamers.

“It is getting tight at the top and it is there for whoever wants it really, apart from Wanstead who are a little further ahead of the rest.

“The team which can put together three or four wins will be able to get in the top-three, so that’s the aim.”

Hornchurch lost by six wickets at Chelmer Park earlier in the season, but Smith hopes they can put that right tomorrow.

He added: “Chelmsford are a good team, but we always back ourselves and especially at home.

“It would be nice to get another win and we play Wanstead away the week after and we have a few missing for that.

“A couple of people are on holiday, so a victory on Saturday would stand us in good stead ahead of facing the leaders.”

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