Hornchurch ready for Hammers visit

PUBLISHED: 17:00 02 October 2015

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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West Ham under-21s visit Bridge Avenue this weekend before Urchins travel to the league leaders on Tuesday

Hornchurch host West Ham’s under-21s in a friendly fixture at Bridge Avenue tomorrow (Saturday), but boss Jimmy McFarlane admits Tuesday’s game at Cray Wanderers in the Ryman North is the massive clash coming up this week.

With a bye to the FA Trophy first qualifying round, Urchins were left without a league or cup fixture this weekend, so it was arranged for the Hammers development squad to make the trip to Bridge Avenue.

The clash kicks off at 2pm and will see McFarlane rotate his squad ahead of visiting league leaders Cray next week.

Hornchurch beat the pace setters 2-1 on the first day of the season and they are confident they can achieve a similar result in next week’s return.

“It is a massive game and they will be looking to turn around the win we achieved before,” said McFarlane.

“I watched them on Sunday against Redbridge and they are a very good team, but so are we. It will be an entertaining game on Tuesday with them trying to knock the ball around and us playing the way we are, so for the neutral it should be a very good watch.

“We would love to put a marker down and I won’t be going there for a draw, put it that way. I think we will travel with confidence and believe we can get the three points.”

But before that clash, Urchins will entertain West Ham and McFarlane is looking forward to facing the young Hammers.

The likes of Calvin Poku and Liam Burgess are expected to start after being restricted to cameo appearances in recent weeks with Hornchurch’s first team in solid form.

McFarlane added: “Saturday is one for the fans and for the players. Everyone will get a chance at the weekend.

“I remember playing in these matches for Purfleet and although it isn’t the West Ham first team, you are still playing against professional footballers and some of these boys might go on to have great careers.

“Calvin isn’t getting a game at the moment because George Purcell and David Knight can’t stop scoring for us.

“But my opinion on him hasn’t changed. I think he will be a massive player for us this year and has a big role to play.”

After the West Ham clash is done and dusted, McFarlane will prepare to face Ryman North leaders Cray.

The only loss they have suffered in the division this year is to Hornchurch and the Bridge Avenue boss is confident his team can win again.

He added: “On the opening day of the season they had a lot more possession than us, but I have had the opportunity to go back and watch the match because we record every game.

“We had a lot more chances than they did, even if they did have a lot of the ball, so I think it will be another good match.”

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