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Callum to get chance for Urchins

PUBLISHED: 16:00 24 March 2015

Hornchurch's Callum Chafer (pic: Robert Craven).

Hornchurch's Callum Chafer (pic: Robert Craven).

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Jimmy McFarlane confirms young goalkeeper to start against Margate

AFC Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)AFC Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane has no concerns about handing a Ryman Premier debut to young goalkeeper Callum Chafer this evening against Margate.

First choice number one Sam Mott was dismissed against Canvey Island on March 10 and misses out at Hartsdown Park tonight as he serves a one-game suspension.

Hornchurch's Callum Chafer in action for Essex under-18's (pic: Robert Craven).Hornchurch's Callum Chafer in action for Essex under-18's (pic: Robert Craven).

But Urchins boss is confident Chafer will again impress after showing his ability when selected for three cup fixtures this campaign.

McFarlane said: “Callum will play. I have sung his praises all year and is he ready to play all season? Probably not.

“However I have brought keepers in before for the odd game and none of them are better than Callum.

“It is not a worrying decision to play him. It is a big opportunity, but he won’t be nervous. He has an arrogance about him, a good arrogance and it is a big opportunity for him.

“If he does what I know he can do then we won’t lose the game because of our goalkeeper.”

Although league positions suggest Margate should defeat Urchins, the Gate have struggled recently. They haven’t won in the league since February 17 – a run of four Ryman Premier matches.

Hornchurch come into this fixture following a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Hampton & Richmond Borough, but they beat Dulwich Hamlets recently to demonstrate they can more than match the big boys in the division.

“It will all depend what team turns up,” added McFarlane. “The one that beat Bury, Canvey Island and Dulwich or the one that lost to Witham. If it is the first one I will not fear going to Margate.

“It is not the big games that worry me it is more the ones against teams around us. Put it this way I am more worried about Harrow Borough on Saturday than I am about Margate.

“Margate are not running away with it, they drew 0-0 with Wingate on Saturday and they are not scoring a lot at the moment.”

McFarlane added: “It is quite publically known how big there budget is, they should really be 10-points clear in the league but it hasn’t clicked for them.”

Hornchurch have concerns over Joey May, Junior Luke and Tobi Joseph ahead of tonight’s match, but announced prior to kick-off the signing of former MK Dons and Tranmere Rovers ace Danny Woodards.


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