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Hornchurch need to ‘improve standards’

PUBLISHED: 14:30 31 July 2015

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith (L) applauds his team (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith (L) applauds his team (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Harrow Lodge Park skipper discusses loss to Hadleigh and backs rivals Upminster to stay up

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith is confident his team can get the better of local rivals Upminster and continue their aim of claiming the Essex League Division One title this weekend.

The leaders are looking to get back to winning ways in the derby encounter after suffering a shock five-wicket loss to Hadleigh & Thundersley last weekend.

Although they remain 31 points clear at the top of the table, Smith is keen for Hornchurch to get back on track and said: “We definitely won’t get complacent, we did get a little bit lapse at Hadleigh, but these things can happen.

“We’re looking forward to playing Upminster, a nice local derby and we beat them earlier in the year. We have two more matches left in the 50-over format so we need to win them and then we will have one foot in the Premier.

“We had a kick up the backside on Saturday. Everyone is aware of the standard we need to maintain so we need to get back on it this weekend and get a good win.”

A win for Smith’s team this weekend would put more pressure on Upminster to stay up.

They are second from bottom and trailing Hadleigh directly above them by 21 points, but the Hornchurch captain is backing their local rivals to survive.

“We know a bit about them and who is playing for them, they have some good players,” added Smith.

“I know they have lost a few and are a young side with a new captain in John Curtis and it can be tough when you don’t have the players you want at your disposal, but I am sure they will be fine.”

While Upminster are battling to survive, Hornchurch are seeking a second straight promotion.

They remain on course for that despite losing to Hadleigh last weekend when they were dismissed for 231 inside 47 overs.

Billy Gordon, Chris Sains and Michael Bones all passed fifty, but the leaders were well below par even if the wicket was slightly affected by the heavy downpour from the day before.

“I can’t take anything away from Hadleigh, but something in the sky was going right for them last weekend,” added Smith.

“Everything seemed to go for them. The wicket did get wet at one end of it and that played a part, but we have only got ourselves to blame for losing the match.”

Hornchurch will need to hit back this weekend and ensure their promotion charge isn’t derailed with the finish line so close.


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