Hornchurch ‘must keep heads down’
PUBLISHED: 14:00 10 July 2015
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Smith reminds team to keep feet on the ground ahead of another big weekend
Roy Smith knows Hornchurch cannot afford to let their performances slip as the club chase an historic treble.
They are currently 29 points clear at the top of Essex League Division One and are in the semi-finals of the Dukes T20 after defeating Premier Division title hopefuls Wanstead last weekend.
Hornchurch face another crucial double-header this weekend, with a league clash against Shenfield tomorrow (Saturday) followed the next day by a League Cup quarter-final against Billericay.
And skipper Smith is fully aware of what is required from the team as they chase success on three fronts.
“We’ve got to keep believing in ourselves. We’ve got good players, but we’ve still got to do it,” he said.
“We’ve beaten a few Premier Division sides now, but we’re not getting too far ahead of ourselves. We’ve still got to play well on the day.
“If you don’t, you’re going to lose. I’m confident about the weekend, but we’re going to have to play well.”
Hornchurch went toe-to-toe with fellow title hopefuls Southend last weekend and came out on top by 36 runs in a high-scoring contest, that saw Smith and Paul Walter hit tons.
This weekend they travel to another side with aspirations of playing in the top flight next season in the form of Shenfield.
Tomorrow’s hosts are currently third in the table and Smith knows that means they cannot be taken lightly.
He added: “They’re going to be up there, without a doubt. They’re a very good side. We have to play well if we’re going to win.”
Win or lose, Hornchurch will still top the table by the time they take to the field 24 hours later at Billericay’s Toby Howe Ground for their League Cup clash.
Smith’s men have made it to the last eight following previous wins over Oakfield Parkonians, Colchester and Chelmsford.
On their last visit to Billericay in Division Two last season, Hornchurch cantered to a 47-run victory on their way to promotion.
With happy memories from their previous trip, Smith is hoping for more of the same this time around.
“It’s a nice ground and a good wicket. If we play our usual game, we should be fine. We’ve just got to keep the hard work ethic going,” he added.
“We’ve got to be organised. We’ve got to keep our heads and keep going until the end of the season.”
Hornchurch already know that a victory away to Billericay this weekend would set up a semi-final clash with current Division Two toppers Fives & Heronians.
But, as Smith is at pains to stress, they must first go out and do exactly what they need to do in both fixtures this weekend.
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