December 13 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
McFarlane ready for Robins test
Hornchurch welcome Carshalton Athletic to Bridge Avenue tonight in the Ryman Premier Division, hoping to extend their unbeaten run to 14 games and make it five consecutive wins in all competitions.
Urchins are in terrific form at present and a win would take them top of the table, although manager Jimmy McFarlane warned his side not to let this chance slip like they have done previously.
He said: “It annoys me because when we had the promotion season, we had the chance to go top so many times on a Tuesday night at home and we didn’t take it.
“We had the chance against Wealdstone a few weeks ago and we didn’t take it.
“Hopefully we do turn up and we end up top.”
The draw against Wealdstone, three weeks ago, is the only time Hornchurch have let points slip since the opening day of the season but once again they have to contend with injuries.
They did receive positive news however that top goalscorer, George Purcell, should be fit enough to start.
McFarlane added: “Billy Coyne will have a fitness test, hopefully he’ll be alright.
“Phil (Starkey) will be out for a couple of weeks, an x-ray showed nothing on his ankle.
“He is having a scan and we will know more about it later in the week after the scan.
“George should be ok. He has been on the bench lately but should be fully recovered.”
The Robins currently lie in a lowly 22nd place in the table having only registered two wins and one draw this season.
But they did beat Hornchurch’s Essex rivals Billericay just 10 days ago and that should provide a warning for McFarlane’s side not to be complacent and start October in style.
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