Hornchurch face ‘massive tests’

PUBLISHED: 13:06 20 August 2013 | UPDATED: 13:06 20 August 2013

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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McFarlane: We’ve got to work hard

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane says his side face three ‘massive tests’ in the Ryman Premier Division over the next six days.

Urchins welcome Bury to Bridge Avenue tonight, following an emphatic 6-1 win at Cray at the weekend.

And they are also set to entertain Lowestoft on Saturday before visiting Billericay on Bank Holiday Monday.

McFarlane said: “The next three games are against the early favourites and our biggest rivals. They’re three massive games.

“But it’s a happy dressing room. They’re very close-knit at the moment.

“We worked on some things last Thursday and they all came off against Cray. It all clicked and it could’ve been more.”

George Purcell netted twice in the romp, with Carl Rook, Rickie Hayles, Elliot Styles and Chris Bourne also on target.

But McFarlane says they cannot rest on their laurels this evening, adding: “Goals were coming from all over the place at the weekend, we were great in front of goal and got what we deserved.

“But sometimes that can go against you. Bury will come tonight and will probably have spoken to Cray.

“At Margate, as good as we were, we didn’t take our chances and it was always close.

“We’ve got a few little knocks but we’ve got to keep doing the same thing. The boys must get sick of hearing me talk about working hard.

“But how hard we worked at Cray was the most pleasing thing. And if we do that we can reap the benefits.”

Urchins remain without the services of injured striker Martin Tuohy and suspended midfielder Tambeson Eyong.

Romford, meanwhile, head south of the river to take on Ryman Division One North new boys Erith & Belvedere.

Boro slipped to a 2-0 home defeat against Waltham Abbey at the weekend, after Abs Seymour missed a first-half penalty.

And manager Paul Martin will be keen to see them bounce straight back ahead of their Bank Holiday weekend clashes with Aveley and Thurrock.

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