Bostik North: Hornchurch ready for derby with Romford, but first comes trip to Bury Town
PUBLISHED: 17:00 25 August 2017
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Urchins well prepared for busy Bank Holiday weekend in Bostik North
Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane knows his side face a tough task to maintain their perfect start to the new season over a busy Bank Holiday weekend in the Bostik North.
Urchins have won each of their three games in all competitions this term, and are yet to concede a goal in the process.
On Monday, the Bridge Avenue club entertain local rivals Romford in the league in the first of two Havering derbies in a week, with the sides also due to meet in the FA Cup first qualifying round at Ship Lane on September 3.
Before all that, though, McFarlane’s men hit the road on Saturday to Bury Town, who are also unbeaten in the league this season.
For the Hornchurch boss, though, the starts the two clubs have had to the season does not come into it, believing the Blues are always a difficult proposition at their Ram Meadow home.
“Bury is a tough place to go, regardless of what form we’re in and the form they are in,” said McFarlane.
“The fact we have started the season so well, though, means we can go there with no fear.”
Following Saturday’s clash, Urchins’ attention then swiftly turns to local rivals Romford, with the clubs set to do battle in league and cup within the space of six days.
After beating Brentwood Town 2-0 in the FA Cup last weekend, the Bridge Avenue club were drawn away to Boro, who beat Stowmarket Town 3-1 in a replay on Wednesday night.
The FA Cup tie is scheduled to take place on September 3, so before all that the teams meet in the league on Monday.
And for the third season in succession, the opening Bostik North meeting of the season between the two Havering clubs takes place in the first month of the term.
“We always seem to play Romford early on!” said McFarlane “The games between us are never easy, they are always physical games.
“It will be a tough weekend for us and we will have to use our squad to get through it.
“We’re confident of getting two good results, though, because this is probably the strongest squad I’ve started a season with.”
McFarlane’s squad depth will certainly be tested in the league this weekend with two testing fixtures for promotion-chasing Hornchurch.