Hornchurch and Martin Tuohy ready for Leyton Orient test
PUBLISHED: 15:00 25 July 2017
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Experienced forward delighted with Urchins' summer business and hoping to fire club to promotion this season
Hornchurch striker Martin Tuohy is looking forward to a really good test against National League outfit and local rivals Leyton Orient tonight.
The O’s make the short trip to Bridge Avenue to take on the Isthmian North club for a 7.45pm kick-off.
Jimmy McFarlane’s Urchins have defeated Hullbridge Sports (5-0) and VCD Athletic already this summer.
But Tuohy knows they’ll get a sterner examination this evening, he said: “Playing Orient will be a really good test for our fitness.
“It will also show how far we have come since the start of pre-season and it’s nice to test yourself against these sides as I find you benefit so much more.
“It would be easy to play against so-called lower sides and run out easy winners, but it’s all about testing yourself against better players to improve.”
Tuohy has made over 200 appearances for Hornchurch and spent several pre-seasons under McFarlane.
Urchins regularly face a West Ham United XI and will do again next month, but are excited to face the O’s.
“We have played West Ham a few times and it’s always an enjoyable experience, so I’m sure playing Orient will be similar,” said Tuohy.
Hornchurch are still two-and-a-half weeks away from the start of the Isthmian North campaign (August 12).
The National League season starts the weekend before, while the Essex Senior League kicks-off on Saturday.
Tuohy admits it is already clear to see the whole squad are desperate to start playing competitively again.
He added: “We have only had a couple of friendlies so far, but already you can see in training that we just want the season to get underway.
“Everyone is looking very determined and it’s quite exciting to see ahead of the opener on August 12.”
After suffering defeat in the Isthmian North play-off semi-finals last season away to Thurrock, who earned promotion, Urchins are keen to finish the job this time around.
Tuohy is taking nothing for granted, but has been impressed with Hornchurch’s transfer business this summer.
McFarlane has signed Theo Fairweather-Johnson (Phoenix Sports), Sean Roberts (Cray Wanderers), Brad Warner (Bowers & Pitsea) and Jay Porter (Thamesmead Town) ahead of another promotion push.
“We were gutted about the play-offs last season, but the better team in Thurrock won on the day,” said Tuohy.
“I think now it is two teams going up automatically we will be aiming to amend last season for sure and I think you can see that with the signings we have made and players we have kept.
“Obviously it will be hard as there are some good teams in this league aiming for same thing, but I am pretty confident we can get job done!”