Jim aims to Hammer it!
PUBLISHED: 17:00 31 July 2015
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Urchins face final friendly fixtures before new Ryman North season
Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane is looking forward to welcoming a West Ham XI to Bridge Avenue on Tuesday (August 4), but is hoping they do not suffer any injuries.
Urchins have been quite lucky so far this summer with only a few niggles hampering the squad.
McFarlane’s team travel to Whitstable tomorrow (Saturday), before hosting the Hammers and keeping his main men fit for their Ryman North opener against Cray Wanderers on August 8 is the top priority.
But the Hornchurch boss did admit the friendly with their local rivals will be a fantastic night for all involved.
“The West Ham game is more of a showpiece match and it is good for the club from a financial point of view,” said McFarlane.
“I’ll be giving everyone minutes because we don’t want people to be too tired for Cray and, touch wood, we don’t get any injuries in that one either.
“It is a lovely occasion and when I was at Purfleet, West Ham used to bring their first team for a fixture quite early on in pre-season. When you grow old like me, it’s great to look back and think you’ve marked Paolo Di Canio, Frederic Kanoute and John Hartson.”
But before Urchins host the Hammers, they clash with Whitstable and McFarlane is pleased to return to the Ryman South side after playing them last year in a friendly and he feels it will be another test for his team.
He added: “They have a fantastic surface down there and they are lovely people as well. We went last year and they have a good side, they’ll do very well again in their league I think.
“It is more of a realistic game for us compared to playing Luton and Canvey Island so I am looking forward to it.”
Urchins have had several trialists with them this summer and now is the time to make a decision.
“I know they are all good enough so this week will be tough, but you have to make these decisions as a manager so I’ll let some go,” added McFarlane.
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