Hornchurch manager McFarlane expects tough test against Hereford in the FA Cup

PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 September 2017

Leon McKenzie (left) celebrates after scoring at Hertford Town (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Leon McKenzie (left) celebrates after scoring at Hertford Town (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane expects a tough test after being handed a long trip to Hereford in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup.

McFarlane and his men will make the 190 mile trip to face the EvoStik South Premier Division on September, 30 in a bid to get into the next round and bag £7,000.

Urchins secured their progress and £4,500 prize money with a 2-1 win away to Hertford Town on Saturday thanks to goals from Leon McKenzie and George Purcell.

“It’s a tough draw and that’s before the long distance we have to travel to play,” McFarlane said.

“We will be going there with absolutely no fear as we’re high on confidence right now.”

The manager admits they’re an unknown quality, but he will be doing his homework on the Herefordshire-based outfit ahead of the clash.

“The unfortunate thing is the only game they have when we’re not playing is in HFA Cup which is like an Essex County Cup game,” McFarlane admitted.

“It will have to be done on videos and talking to a couple managers I know in the league.”

McFarlane also revealed how vital progressing through each round is for the club financially.

“No one ever believes a non-league side would win the FA Cup, but every round we make it through is more money to help the club.

“Hereford gets gates of 2,500 so we should get a good return from that even before the result.”

George Purcell’s late goal sent McFarlane’s men through, but the striker – who missed most of last season with injury – then saw red for retaliating to a bad challenge.

Urchins were missing three players with injuries sustained at Maldon in midweek and the boss admits they deserved the win despite a poor performance.

“Before the game I said to the lads we’ve got a big injury list, I’m not bothered about the performance, I’m only bothered about the result.

“We had a poor first-half and were marginally better in the second, but in the end I think we deserved the win.”

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