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Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane.  Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Friday, December 27, 2013
9:00 AM

McFarlane wants happier outcome this time

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Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane is hoping for a happier trip to Ryman Premier Division rivals Bury tomorrow (Saturday).

Urchins slipped to third place in the table after seeing their clash at Lewes washed out last weekend, but were due to host Billericay in a Boxing Day derby yesterday (Thursday).

Their last visit to Bury’s Ram Meadow ended in an injury-time defeat two seasons ago, with Reiss Noel and Tambeson Eyong both seeing red and McFarlane said: “I get on very well with Richard Wilkins and we’ve played each other so many times.

“It is one of the toughest places to go in this league and generally they are quite good games as well.

“Michael Spencer missed a sitter up one end (the last time Hornchurch visited), they raced up the other and got the winner. That was difficult to take.

“Reiss got sent off that day as well early in the second half, but it was never a sending off, and Richard admitted that as much as well.”

McFarlane had a full squad to choose from heading into the festive period but does not expect to have it easy in 2014.

He added: “There’s a few coughs and colds around but nothing to stop anyone from playing.

“I used to relish these festive fixtures as a player and I still do as a manager. Players are much more conditioned nowadays and can cope with the games in such a short space of time.

“When I used to play you used to use the first few weeks of pre-season to get fit, but now they come back and are already as fit as a flea. There is a more professional aspect to the game now.

“Every game is going to be tough though from now until the end of the season, especially when you are fighting it out at the top of the table.

“If we can keep ourselves in and around the top 3-4 then I’ll be very happy.”

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