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Hornchurch boss Stimson is expecting tough test in first league fixture in full charge

PUBLISHED: 14:00 07 December 2018

Lewwis Spence of Hornchurch scores the second goal for his team and celebrates during AFC Hornchurch vs Great Wakering Rovers, BBC Essex Senior Cup Football at Hornchurch Stadium on 4th December 2018

Lewwis Spence of Hornchurch scores the second goal for his team and celebrates during AFC Hornchurch vs Great Wakering Rovers, BBC Essex Senior Cup Football at Hornchurch Stadium on 4th December 2018

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Mark Stimson will take charge of his first league fixture at Hornchurch this weekend when they host Kingstonian.

Nana Boakye-Yiadom of Hornchurch during AFC Hornchurch vs Great Wakering Rovers, BBC Essex Senior Cup Football at Hornchurch Stadium on 4th December 2018Nana Boakye-Yiadom of Hornchurch during AFC Hornchurch vs Great Wakering Rovers, BBC Essex Senior Cup Football at Hornchurch Stadium on 4th December 2018

The Urchins welcome the K’s to Bridge Avenue on Saturday as Stimson looks to get off to a strong start in the Bostik Premier Division.

And the 50-year-old knows it will be a tough test as he is backing Leigh Dynan’s side to be challenging for honours.

He said: “They’re a very strong team and unfortunately for us last week they got beat 4-0 (by Haringey Borough), so this week they’re going to be at it.

“They will be focused, they’re a play-off team at the moment, and I expect them to at least be there come the end of the season as they will be challenging.

“For us, it’s a great game for the boys to look forward to, playing against a top side. A new manager has just come in and coming off a good win in midweek. We go and test ourselves against a good side.”

Stimson is hoping they can pull in a big crowd and get behind his side at Bridge Avenue, adding: “Hopefully we can get a nice big crowd, with the fans getting behind the boys. I’ve been to many Hornchurch games and the fans are always very vocal.”

Former Thurrock manager Stimson was in the dug-out for the 1-1 draw at Whitehawk last weekend but left interim boss Colin McBride at the helm.

But he did take charge for the 3-0 win over Great Wakering Rovers in the fourth round of the Essex Senior Cup as Urchins reached the quarter-finals.

The goals came from Nana Boakye-Yiadom, Lewwis Spence and George Purcell against a Rovers side who finished with nine men at Bridge Avenue.

“I met the boys on Thursday night, they did a light training session, and on Saturday we travelled down to Whitehawk,” said Stimson.

“Colin took the team and I was just there to say a couple of things, but not many.

“I was in charge for the Essex Senior Cup and the boys put in a good performance and won 3-0.”

The new manager has already moved to bolster his squad with the signing of forward Ronnie Winn from his former club Waltham Abbey.

“Ronnie is a good player, he’s bright, sharp and he can score goals,” he said.

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