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Hornchurch boss expects hard test

PUBLISHED: 16:45 08 November 2011

Hornchurch's Lewis Smith has served a one-game ban

Hornchurch's Lewis Smith has served a one-game ban

McFarlane: Harrow have beaten good sides

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane is not expecting an easy time of it in tonight’s FA Trophy replay against Harrow.

Urchins were held to a 1-1 draw on Saturday and McFarlane knows the onus will be on his men at Bridge Avenue this evening.

The winners visit Conference South side Thurrock - McFarlane’s former club - in the next round, but he said: “Tonight is a big enough game in itself.

“I said to everyone at the club when we drew Thurrock in the Essex Senior Cup, ‘I bet we get them in the Trophy’.

“We’ve been a bit unlucky with cup draws this season, but I thought a draw was a fair result on Saturday.”

Elliot Styles headed Urchins into the lead, but Quincey Rowe replied in the second half.

McFarlane added: “It’s a cliche but it was a game of two halves.

“We absolutely dominated in the first half and should’ve doubled our lead.

“But they put us on the back foot in tyhe second half and were the better side. They had a fair shout for a penalty too.”

Lewis Smith should return to the squad tonight, after serving a one-match ban, but is set for a fitness test, along with Reiss Noel.

McFarlane said: “They should be okay. But it will probably be tougher tonight.

“The expectation is on us now but Harrow have beaten some good sides and have us a tough game on Saturday.”


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