Hornchurch eye up FA Cup shock

PUBLISHED: 18:00 23 October 2015

George Purcell and David Knight have been in great form for Hornchurch this season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

George Purcell and David Knight have been in great form for Hornchurch this season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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McFarlane’s men are so close to the first round and have two in-form strikers in their side

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane has issued a rallying cry to his players ahead of their FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie at Boreham Wood this weekend.

Urchins will go to Meadow Park knowing they are one good 90 minutes away from booking a slot in the first round proper and winning £12,500 in prize money.

Although they are in excellent form, they will be firm underdogs against Wood tomorrow (Saturday).

The Hertfordshire outfit ply their trade in the National League now, while Hornchurch are three levels below in the Ryman North.

But it hasn’t stopped McFarlane dreaming of glory, he said: “I told the boys at Worthing and before at Cambridge City, when you are old like me and you look back on your career, the FA Cup games in the first round are prominent. It is such a great occasion to be involved in.

“I am hoping that our little players can get us there on Saturday. It would be fantastic to win. We have had a tough run to reach this round. St Margaretsbury and then Cambridge before Worthing.

“This is obviously another tough one so we have to apply ourselves correctly and if we do that, we have definitely got a chance.”

Wood are currently 20th in the National League, but have a number of former Football League players in their squad.

Two former Dagenham & Redbridge duo Scott Doe and Luke Howell play for them as does Conor Clifford and Charlie MacDonald plus many more professionals.

Hornchurch will be up against it, but they have only tasted defeat in one competitive match since losing to Romford on August 12

McFarlane added: “You look at their side and they have a lot of young pros that have been in the Football League and just as many experienced people who have played in higher divisions.

“But we have some youngsters with a taste for it and experience too. Our confidence at the moment is sky high as well.

“All of the pressure is on Boreham Wood. They are at home and they are expected to win. We can go there with our heads held high and see what we can do.”

Unless Saturday’s match finishes in a draw, Hornchurch will welcome local rivals Romford to Bridge Avenue on Tuesday (October 29).

Once the FA Cup drama is over, McFarlane will be fully focused on that match and is gunning for revenge after Boro won the previous league encounter 2-0.

“Because of what we are trying to achieve this season, every single game is a cup final,” he added.

“After the Boreham Wood match, whatever the result, Romford becomes the biggest game of the season and we owe them one!”

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