Tommy Williams may not have been the Kingstonian boss in last season’s doomed Ryman Premier play-off defeat to AFC Hornchuch – but he would still like some revenge.
AFC Hornchuch beat Ks in the semi-final, only to lose to Lowestoft in the final.
This weekend, the Urchins return to the scene of the crime looking to end Ks’ unbeaten start to the season.
“We will be well prepared for Hornchurch,” Williams said.
“They will be physical, they’re a strong Essex side so we need to be mentally right.
“It would be nice to get revenge on them after they knocked us out of the play-offs last season, but we’ll be focused on the job in hand and the boys will be ready.”
Ks have picked up four points from the opening two games of the season, thanks to a 5-2 win at Enfield Town on Saturday with goals from Andre McCollin, Elvis Hammond (two) and Tyrone Berry, plus an own goal.
Hammond and McCollin were given the nod to lead the line against Dulwich Hamlet on Monday night, but it was Tommy Kavanagh’s delicate free-kick in the second half – Ks’ only effort on target – that levelled Terrell Forbes’ opener and ensured a share of the spoils.
Williams said: “Monday night was a good advert for Ryman Premier football.
“Both sides played nice football, and it could have gone either way at the end.”
He added: “We lost our shape a little bit, which we’ll be working on in training on Thursday, but overall a point was fair.”
A plus for Williams was the return from injury of full-back Aaron Goode, who got 45 minutes.
Williams said: “It was great to get Aaron back out there.
“He’s been out since the very first game of pre- season and he gives us something very different.”
This weekend, Williams is without Sam Page (calf), Alex Addai (banned), while Matt Drage’s suspension for his red card on Saturday kicks in for next weekend.