Roy Smith sure Hornchurch Cricket Club can battle for honours in the Essex League Premier Division

PUBLISHED: 17:00 08 July 2016

Roy Smith of Hornchurch (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Roy Smith of Hornchurch (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Harrow Lodge Park outfit looking to get respond after a defeat, but remain just 16 points off leaders Wanstead

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith is determined and certain his team will bounce back, after losing at home to Brentwood in the Essex League Premier Division last weekend.

They make the trip to Buckhurst Hill tomorrow (Saturday), second in the table and only 14 points behind Wanstead, but just a single point ahead of Chelmsford in third.

Smith knows Hornchurch need to respond positively at Roding Lane and believes they will. He said: “We have had a little shock to the system with this defeat, but now we need to pull our socks up.

“It could have been worse last week, but Wanstead lost and the Chelmsford game was abandoned, so there wasn’t too much damage.

“It is time to push on and get a little run of results going again and see how far it can take us.”

Hornchurch will have Mo Shah back this weekend and Chris Sains is set to play, which will add to their experience.

They beat Buckhurst Hill by eight wickets at the start of the season at Harrow Lodge Park after dismissing the visitors for 168.

“We’ve got Chris back, he has only played once for us all season so it’s good to have him returning,” added the Hornchurch skipper.

“He gives us a bit more strength in the middle order and especially for the 50-over format – he is a specialist in this form of the game.

“Mo is another who will be returning after missing the last two or three weeks and is back to play at his former club.

“He bowls left-arm spin and is good in the middle order. I’m sure he will be up for it and got three wickets against them in May so we will be looking for him to impress again and make a difference.”

The weather forecast is crucial, though, and Hornchurch are hoping the sun can start to shine again.

Buckhurst Hill’s home match with Chelmsford was called off due to a waterlogged Roding Lane pitch last weekend and Smith added: “I’m hoping the weather is nice, it seems like it has gone on like this for a good few weeks now with plenty of rain.

“We have had a tough couple of games with Wanstead, Chelmsford and Brentwood plus the cup matches.

“The last month or so we have had a lot of T20 fixtures and League Cup games and I think it has caught up on us.

“We need to refocus now, get a nice run of results going and hopefully it can help us challenge for honours.”

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