Hornchurch hope to bounce back

PUBLISHED: 09:00 13 August 2013

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Margate test for McFarlane’s men

Hornchurch make the long trip to the seaside tonight as they face Margate in their second Ryman Premier Division game of the new season.

And Urchins will be hoping to put some points on the board after a 1-0 home defeat against Lewes on Saturday.

Manager Jimmy McFarlane has called on his players to put that disappointment behind them and pick themselves up for tonight’s match at Hartsdown Park.

He said: “It is as tough a league as it has been for a dozen years. We just need to keep going and pick ourselves up and dust ourselves down.

“You all feel sorry for yourselves on Saturday, but we have to keep going for tonight.”

Hornchurch will be boosted by the return of summer signing Derek Duncan, who was suspended for the first game of the season, with the left-sided player who joined from Maidenhead expected to make his debut tonight.

And Duncan’s inclusion will be a massive boost for Urchins according to McFarlane, who added: “Derek Duncan is available. He was suspended for Saturday and that is a massive plus.

“Martin (Tuohy) won’t be ready and Tam (Eyong) is still suspended.”

Alex Bentley rejoined last week after leaving at the end of last season to join Bromley.

He played the full game at the weekend and echoed his manager’s sentiments for the players to move on from the Lewes loss.

Bentley highlighted the toughness of tonight’s game, but believes there is enough ability in the Urchins squad to be able to get the win.

He said: “Saturday just wasn’t our day, but as the manager stressed, we’ve got 41 games left and this is just one game.

“I know a couple of the players down there so that will be quite a good test.

“They’ll be a good side as well but we’ve got every faith in our ability to be able to pick up three points.”

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