Jim: VCD is biggest game of our season
PUBLISHED: 18:00 30 January 2015
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Billy Roast signs contract after Colchester United release defender
Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane was delighted to secure the services of Billy Roast permanently until the end of the season ahead of their most important match in the Ryman Premier this campaign.
Urchins welcome VCD Athletic to Bridge Avenue tomorrow (Saturday) with the two clubs both currently sitting in the relegation places.
A win for McFarlane’s men will take them above the Crayford-based club, though, and potentially out of the bottom four.
And they were boosted earlier this week by the news Roast has signed a contract until the end of the season following his release from League One Colchester United.
The young defender has been on loan at Bridge Avenue since November 20 and been a huge success at the club.
“Billy has signed for us until the end of the season, which is a brilliant move,” revealed McFarlane, a former centre-back himself.
“He was gutted to be released, but his bad news was good news for us because I don’t think he could have stayed any longer when his loan was due to end in February.
“He loves it here and is a great lad to work with. He is willing to learn and listen and he has been excellent for us.”
McFarlane will be without Alex Bentley for this weekend’s match with VCD due to injury.
Bentley was set for a scan yesterday (Thursday) to discover the full extent of his injury.
But other than Bentley, the Urchins boss has a fully-fit squad to choose from ahead of their huge clash at Bridge Avenue.
“Alex has got a bone injury, which we will know more about when he goes for a scan,” added McFarlane.
“He will be out for a couple of weeks at least, but we will know more soon.
“It is a huge match against VCD. The term six-pointer is bandied around a lot, but this really is one.
“It is not just three points for us, but also three points they lose so it is massive and definitely our biggest game of the season so far.”
Although Hornchurch’s main focus will be on VCD, they are set to visit Redbridge on Tuesday looking to qualify for the semi-finals of the Essex Senior Cup.
If they win at Oakside, they will host holders and rivals Concord Rangers in the last four.
“Our old rivals Concord if we get through! That would be good, but we have Redbridge first and that will not be a gimme,” added McFarlane.
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