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PUBLISHED: 08:56 25 November 2011

Hornchurch players huddle before kick-off (Gavin Ellis/TGS)

Hornchurch players huddle before kick-off (Gavin Ellis/TGS)


Trophy test for Urchins, Boro face derby

Saturday (3pm)

FA Trophy

Thurrock v Hornchurch

The form guide points to an Urchins win at Ship Lane, but one shouldn’t always necessarily believe the form guide.

Jimmy McFarlane’s high-flying Hornchurch have won eight out of nine away games in the Ryman Premier Division this season, following their success at Hastings last weekend, and knocked Fleet out of the Essex Senior Cup on penalties two weeks ago.

Conference South Thurrock, meanwhile, have won just four times in 22 league and cup games this season, but go into this tie on the back of one of them, a vital 2-0 success at Hampton & Richmond, courtesy of Lee Boylan’s brace.

McFarlane will not be taking his former club lightly, though, with £4,000 in prize money and a place in the last 32 up for grabs.

“They’re a good side and Robbie Garvey knows what it takes,” he said.

“We won’t fear it, but we’ll go anywhere with confidence at the moment.”

Ryman Division 1N

Romford v Brentwood

Boro boss Paul Martin was hugely disappointed with his side’s league cup exit at Maldon last weekend and he wants to see a better response from his players in their derby battle at Mill Field.

Romford lost both meetings by a 2-0 scoreline last season, with James Butterworth and Leon Fisher on target for Blues in the corresponding fixture in April.

And they come up against a Brentwood side fresh from a 5-0 thrashing of struggling Great Wakering on Saturday.

Ryan Doyle opened the scoring for Steve Witherspoon’s men, before Nick Skelton turned Dean Green’s cross into his own net.

Darren Blewitt headed a third before Lee Blackburn’s late brace completed the haul for Blues, who currently sit in fifth place on 29 points.

Boro are five places and six points back, having already reached Martin’s Christmas target, but the boss wants more.

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