Hornchurch up for tough Hemel trip

PUBLISHED: 09:00 31 July 2014

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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McFarlane praise for Conference South outfit

Hornchurch face Conference South side Hemel Hempstead Town in their penultimate pre-season fixture of the summer tonight (Thursday) and boss Jimmy McFarlane is expecting a tough test.

Hemel knocked Urchins out of the FA Trophy last season, despite goals from Frankie Curley and Rickie Hayles, as Hornchurch were beaten 3-2 at Vauxhall Road in October.

And McFarlane believes the then Southern Premier League side were the best his team faced during the entire 2013/14 campaign.

He said: “They were the best side we played last year, by some distance and it is kind of them to offer us a friendly.

“It will be warm again, but that is certainly helping the players. Having a warm summer always helps for when the season starts.”

Tonight’s match will represent one of the last opportunities for those trialists who have been involved with the Hornchurch squad throughout pre-season to impress and earn a contract.

Ex-Leyton Orient ace Elyon Marshall-Katung has been involved in the last three matches, as has West Ham United under-18 player Courtney Homans and they, alongside other trialists, will be hoping to get another chance to impress tonight.

McFarlane has had several players on trial with him throughout the summer but will be deciding who, if any, to keep and tie down over the next few days.

He added: “A few of the trialists have gone but a few are still with us.

“I will look at them again tonight and then Saturday against Folkstone. On Saturday I will know, that will be when everything is decided.”

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