Urchins underdogs for their FA Cup clash with Hampton
PUBLISHED: 15:00 05 October 2018
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Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane says his side can play without any pressure as underdogs in their FA Cup tie against National League South side Hampton & Richmond Borough this weekend.
The Urchins make the trip to the Beveree Stadium on Saturday for their third qualifying round tie as they look to cause an upset and bag £15,000 in prize money for the Bridge Avenue coffers.
McFarlane revealed Colin McBride went to watch the Beavers as they fell to a 2-0 defeat to Billericay Town last weekend and was impressed with their side.
“In the other cup games we’ve had this season, we’ve been marginal favourites. Hampton are a good side and Colin was impressed with what he saw last weekend,” McFarlane said.
“They’ve done well so far at the step above us this season.
“Because we’re underdogs, we can play without pressure, but I want us to do the club proud.
“The longer the game remains close, the more it will open up and that will hopefully play into our hands.”
Hornchurch are 12 games unbeaten this season and boss McFarlane believes that puts them in a good place for the clash and feels it may make Hampton manager Gary McCann think twice.
“We’re unbeaten in 12 since the start of the season, which is a fantastic run at any level,” he added. “That run has got us in a fantastic frame of mind for Saturday. I know Gary well and I’m sure we gave him plenty of food for thought against Folkestone.
“Colin went to see Hampton on Saturday and Gary had praised us in his programme notes for that game. Even after the draw was made, he said to his local media he knew it was a tough draw for his team, which shows the respect he has for us.
“I know he won’t be taking us for granted and I’m sure he would have been impressed with what he saw on Tuesday.”
The former defender is also backing six-goal striker Sean Marks to have a good game after a strong start to the campaign.
“Sean has shown how good he is for us from the start of the season,” added McFarlane.
“He’s a thinking footballer in the way he does things on the pitch. He’s one of many players we have in good form and the partnership he has with George (Purcell), who’s also playing well, is brilliant.”
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