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Non-league more exciting says McFarlane
Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane claimed watching non-league is better than watching England after seeing his side defeat East Thurrock at the weekend.
Urchins ran out 3-0 winners on Non-League Day and have an important Ryman Premier Division fixture against Wealdstone at Bridge Avenue tonight (Tuesday).
England play Ukraine in a vital World Cup qualifier and McFarlane said with a grin: “I can’t come Tuesday because I am a big England fan and I always watch it with a few beers, so I’ll be watching England.
“Who gets excited about our England side? There is a top-of-the-table clash here between us and Wealdstone.
“And I’ve said all along, whoever finishes on top of Wealdstone will win this league. That is how highly I rate them.”
McFarlane hopes fans do not stay away because England are playing, but admits if they do it will hurt the club financially.
He added: “We will only know on Tuesday if it affects us. It is not as if they are playing the world champions.
“It is a nuisance financially because if 50 stay away that hits us hard in the pocket, we’ll have to wait and see.”
McFarlane joked that unless you are watching the likes of Italy and Spain, then non-league football is more exciting.
Although said light-heartedly, considering the late drama involving Hornchurch this season – they have scored 90th-minute winners twice in eight games – you realise McFarlane does actually have a point.
And despite England scoring 23 times in their last eight games and the Essex team scoring 18 goals, the Ryman team haven’t had the luxury of playing versus San Marino.
“I’m patriotic as the next bloke, but England just doesn’t float my boat in football,” said McFarlane.
“Non-league football is a lot more exciting than internationals, unless you are watching my countries – Italy or Spain!”
Wealdstone are second in the table, one point in front of Hornchurch who sit third ahead of tonight’s game and both teams are in great form.
The visitors are unbeaten this season, while Hornchurch extended their unbeaten run to seven games at the weekend.
Whatever game fans choose, the summit meeting at Bridge Avenue will most definitely be a cracker.
Hull City manager Steve Bruce believes that Arsenal have the ability to win the league this season.