Hornchurch hope to play poor Cray

PUBLISHED: 09:00 03 January 2014

Stefan Payne of Hornchurch (9) celebrates his first goal against Bury with Frankie Curley (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Stefan Payne of Hornchurch (9) celebrates his first goal against Bury with Frankie Curley (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Urchins boss wary of bad weather

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane is desperate to see his side’s Ryman Premier Division clash with struggling Cray go ahead tomorrow (Saturday).

Urchins ended 2013 with back-to-back defeats against Billericay and Bury (see page 77) and McFarlane hopes his men get the chance to return to winning ways this weekend.

Cray have lost their last six matches, conceding 23 goals, and Urchins won 6-1 on their trip to south London in August.

But McFarlane said: “We’re not taking Cray lightly but if I could pick one game, it would be them at the moment.

“That’s not being disrespectful to Cray, but I’m glad we haven’t got another top of the table team.

“The two Christmas games haven’t ruined our season, we’ve just got to put another run together. We’ve done well against the likes of Maidstone and Kingstonian, but then let ourselves down against two mid-table teams.”

Urchins go into the new year in the thick of the promotion race and facing a busy month, with an Essex Senior Cup tie against League Two outfit Dagenham & Redbridge at Bridge Avenue on Tuesday.

And McFarlane admits the county cup holders have much to look forward to in 2014, adding: “I would’ve rather been top of the table at New Year, but if you’d said to me at August we’d be where we are I would’ve taken it. We notoriously get better in the second half of the season.

“We’ve got seven games in January and I’m hoping Dagenham & Redbridge have got a few injuries and suspensions and put their kids out.

“It would be nice to get through to another final. It won’t be easy and we’re not taking it lightly at the quarter-final stage.

“I watched them in the last round when they knocked out East Thurrock and had a mixture of a side out, but they really impressed me.”

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