Hornchurch have to handle the heat at Met Police and face local rivals Redbridge next on Wednesday

PUBLISHED: 13:00 19 July 2016

Hornchurch mananer Jimmy McFarlane (pic; George Phillipou)

Hornchurch mananer Jimmy McFarlane (pic; George Phillipou)

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On the hottest day of the year Hornchurch began their pre-season build-up with a trip around the M25 to the Metropolitan Police, whose pitch, as usual, was immaculate.

Urchins lost three players in the close season - Joey May to Canvey Island, Junior Luke to Billericay Town and Tambeson Eyong to Bishop’s Stortford.

So far, we have only one incoming player, George Woodward, who was previously with Romford. We met George last season when he scored the only goal of the match for Boro against us at the Bridge.

Some of last season’s regulars were absent due to holidays and, in the case of Paul Goodacre and Tobi Joseph, long term injuries.

Manager Jimmy McFarlane fielded a team that, in the first half, consisted of most of last season’s players, plus Jandir Da Cruz, who previously played for Enfield.

Will King, who played for our Under 21 side last year, and who had one first team outing at Bury Town, was also included in the starting line up, and impressed with a solid performance at right back.

The second 45 saw both teams making changes, and Jim introduced seven trialists, which caused a few problems sorting out who’s who.

Only a handful of our supporters made the trip to Imber Court, but we will have another chance to check out the newcomers on Wednesday, when we make the much shorter journey to Redbridge.

The Motormen’s own pre-season began with a defeat at Harold Wood. They were relegated to the Essex Senior League last year so will be eager to regain their place in the Ryman League.

For anyone intending to go to Redbridge, please note that the venue has now been switched to the Ford Sports ground at Aldborough Road South, Ilford, and that the kick off time is 7 pm as there are no floodlights.

We then travel to Hythe Town on Saturday, which will be a new venue for all of us, as we have never played there.

Hythe is likely to be much more of a test for the team, as Hythe reached the play-offs in the Ryman South last season.

They began their pre-season matches with a trip to Lancing FC on Saturday and the result was a goalless draw.

Urchins played out a goalless draw with another Essex Senior League outfit, Southend Manor, last night (Monday).

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