Hornchurch prepare for Ilford trip and Billericay clash at Aveley’s Mill Field Stadium

PUBLISHED: 15:00 03 August 2016

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (left) looks on from the sidelines. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (left) looks on from the sidelines. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

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McFarlane’s men impressed at Leatherhead on Saturday and Urchins players will get two more chances to shine this week

For the third week in succession, Hornchurch travelled along the M25 for their pre-season build-up - this time to junction 9 to Leatherhead.

Leatherhead is one of those grounds that time has forgotten with its gently sloping green banking and old-fashioned shallow terracing at one end.

Urchins manager Jimmy McFarlane took the opportunity to field a number of trialists once again and although the result was a 1-0 win for the hosts, Hornchurch had plenty of chances to have wrapped the match up long before the only goal arrived fifteen minutes from time.

It was a similar team - just one change due to injury - to the one that took the field at Aveley last Wednesday when they achieved a very comfortable 4-1 win over Grays Athletic, who also fielded a number of trialists in their line up.

Aveley are no doubt looking forward to the opening of their new ground a half mile away just off the Aveley Bypass, which is unfortunately still well short of completion.

Many of our supporters were asking for details of the trialists, so hopefully a brief summary will suffice -

Harry Agombar is well known to Grays supporters, as he has had several spells with them. He has also played for Barnet, Macclesfield, Swindon Town and Hereford Utd. Last season he was with Thurrock for whom he scored three times in his seventeen appearances.

Ayrton Coley, who impressed with his rapid turn of speed at Leatherhead on Saturday, has played for Bishop’s Stortford, Waltham Abbey and Sudbury, and after a spell on loan at Haverhill Rovers, he played for Canvey Island last season.

JJ Da Cruz played for a number of Portuguese clubs before joining Enfield Town, for whom he played 25 times last season.

Kenzer Lee had two seasons with West Ham as a youth player, and a further two seasons at Oxford Utd. He then joined Bishop’s Stortford, and made 39 appearances, before having brief spells with Banbury and Redbridge.

James Morrish is in his second spell at Hornchurch, as he was with the Urchins at the start of 2010, when he made five appearances. Prior to joining Hornchurch he played for Chelsea Academy.

He then played for Whitstable, where he became the team captain, and then made the switch to Hythe Town, where he played a prominent role in their push for the play-offs last season.

Suley Zudhu scored seven goals in sixteen appearances for Manford Way last season, and was named player of the match on three occasions.

Due to problems with the pitch, there will be no pre-season matches at Bridge Avenue. The home match against Bishop’s Stortford, scheduled for Tuesday, was cancelled and instead we travel to Ilford tonight (Wednesday) where the kick off is at 7.45 pm.

And then on Friday we play Billericay Town, but this match will now be played at Aveley, who were quick to offer us the use of their ground, and the kick off time is at 7.30pm.

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