Essex League Premier Division: Hornchurch skipper Roy Smith seeking first league success as Colchester come to town
PUBLISHED: 15:00 19 May 2017
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Hornchurch captain Roy Smith is hopeful of seeing his team claim a first win in the Essex League Premier Division this weekend.
Colchester travel to Harrow Lodge Park after drawing with Brentwood last Saturday in their league opener, while Hornchurch were beaten at Shenfield.
The two clubs have already faced each other this month with Hornchurch losing the Essex League Cup encounter in the final over at Castle Park.
With that firmly in their mind, Smith is determined for them to get off the mark in the division tomorrow (Saturday).
He said: “It’s a game we are looking to win and especially with it being at home. We only played them a few weeks ago, so we know what they are all about.
“They are a decent side and I don’t think there is a bad team in the division this year, so it will be tough.
“We need to play better than we did at Shenfield. The cup defeat will be in our minds and Saturday is a chance to put that right.”
Hornchurch are also in action on Sunday and travel to Harlow for an Essex League Cup T20 South West Group B match.
Smith’s team reached finals day in 2015, before losing a close contest to Chelmsford in the last four.
The Hornchurch skipper would love another chance of winning silverware, but knows there are plenty of challenges to come first.
“We reached the finals a couple of years ago, so we are setting out to try and do that again,” said Smith.
“It is a great occasion and we did enjoy it last time, but we have a few tricky games to negotiate first before we can really start thinking about that.”
Hornchurch had mixed success last weekend with Shenfield handing them a heavy 111-run opening-day league defeat on Saturday.
But the Harrow Lodge Park club bounced back the next day to see off Southgate with Mehad Khan performing strongly.
Not only did the ex-Wanstead bowler claim four wickets with the ball, he also made sure they got over the line at the death.
“Mehad is new to the club and it can be tricky settling in, but getting a haul of wickets does always help,” said Smith.
“Hopefully Sunday will give him a bit of a confidence boost and he can carry on with that form going forward.”
Gordon also led from the front against Southgate, hitting 62 from 106 balls to give the hosts a chance of chasing 178 to win.
The ex-Upminster youngster captained Hornchurch on Sunday and will be continuing to do so in all the cup games.
“Billy did really well against Southgate and led from the front which is what we want him to do,” said Smith.
“He was the only one to really get in on Sunday and kick on and it was a really good and important innings.
“Billy is going to be doing the captaincy for all the cup games. He is my vice-captain on Saturday’s and it is a good experience for him to be skipper and will help the club going forward.”