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Will former Urchins return to haunt Hornchurch?

Former Hornchurch player Simon Glover. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO Former Hornchurch player Simon Glover. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Friday, March 7, 2014
2:00 PM

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane is hoping two former Urchins do not come back to haunt them when they host Thamesmead Town at Bridge Avenue tomorrow (Saturday).

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Simon Glover and Derek Duncan have both linked up with the Mead having started the season as part of McFarlane’s squad.

And though the Kent side currently occupy 21st spot having played 37 games – the most of any side in the 
Ryman Premier – Urchins chief McFarlane is keen for his team to start eradicating their inconsistent home performances.

“You can’t afford to look at their position in the table,” said McFarlane.

“If you look at their last six results, although they haven’t won a game, they have only lost by the odd goal or two against teams like Dulwich and Wealdstone.

“That shows you are coming up against a good side and although they are new to the league this season, they’ve brought in the likes of Simon and Derek to add that experience.

“They will want to prove a point against us and we’ll have to be on top of our game to make sure we come away with the win.”

McFarlane added: “We’ve still got an okay home record, but what is most frustrating is that I don’t know what side will turn up.

“We usually do all right in the one half and flatter to deceive in the other, so we have to sort that out.”

Urchins suffered a 2-1 home defeat to Essex rivals Grays last weekend, and they did not get the chance to put it right in midweek with their game away 
at Hampton & Richmond called off due to another waterlogged pitch.

But with injuries and niggles now starting to pile up, McFarlane wasn’t too disappointed.

“We’ve had a few niggles and knocks of late so the game being off wasn’t too bad from my point of view,” he said.

“Rickie Hayles was the most likely to be affected, but Elliot Styles, Stefan Payne, Frankie Curley and Leigh Bremner were also carrying injuries – all the big players – so it was good that it was off.”

Following tomorrow’s match, the Urchins travel to a Lewes side on Wednesday who have lost just once at home all season.

And while acknowledging that record, McFarlane insists his side fear no-one in the league.

“It’s the best (record) in the league behind Maidstone so it will be tough,” said the Urchins boss.

“But our away record hasn’t been too bad over the years and we don’t fear anyone on the road.One thing we have done, though, since the turn of the year is drop too many points and that has got to stop.”

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