Hornchurch boss McFarlane believes clash with Romford is about pride

PUBLISHED: 12:00 31 January 2018

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

©TGS Photo +44 1376 553468

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane says it’s about pride and honour as they clash with their neighbours Romford.

The Urchins will travel to Ship Lane this evening (7.45pm) as they look to continue setting the pace in the Bostik North and stretching their lead at the top.

McFarlane’s men currently lead the league by ten points and will be keen to make it 13 but the boss believes form counts for nothing in a derby match.

“To be perfectly honest with you, it’s a local derby, so form and league positions go out the window,” he said.

“It’s a bit like the Manchester and Merseyside derbies, it’s about pride and honour.

“My biggest worry is which team turns up for us, but every now and again Romford get some really good and surprising results, and let’s hope they can start doing more of it.

“I know it means so much to the supporters but for me I’ll just be looking for another three points to go on and earn promotion.”

The manager McFarlane revealed Romford are always a bit of unknown as they are constantly forced to change their squad throughout the season.

“Paul struggles to maintain people because of the lack of funds, so he has to rotate people and bring new people in, but they’ve got some good players.

“They’ve got a couple that I like and have liked for quite some time in people like Danny Cossington.

“The one thing I won’t be doing is taking them for granted as it will be a very tough game.”

They go into the match on the back of a late winner from top goal scorer George Purcell to earn them a 1-0 victory against Norwich United at Bridge Avenue on the weekend.

“To be totally honest with you I read a few comments about people’s opinions on the game and they surprised me a bit,” McFarlane said.

“The first-half was a really good performance and we were totally dominant, I mean we should have been two or three up at half-time, second-half weren’t so great as teams want to make it hard for us.

“First-half my staff and I were really pleased with what we’d done and we told them so as well.

“We just said keep doing what you’re doing as it’s going to come but we didn’t do the same in the second-half.”

He then went on to praise Purcell for his heroics in the 87th minute to steal the three points for his side.

“At the end of the day if you’re going to win a game by a single goal then make it one like George scored, that was an absolutely cracking goal.”

McFarlane also had plenty of praise for Norwich and believes they’re no longer looking like a side who will be relegated.

“They come into the game six games unbeaten and they’re not the same Norwich we beat down there 2-0 earlier in the season.

“I remember saying on that day and on that showing that they’re going down, but they’ve got some good players and a couple really good forwards, and they impressed me to be fair.

“They were hard to breakdown but as I say first-half we had three to four really good chances.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Romford Sports News

Yesterday, 21:31

A monumental innings of 160, the highest List A score of his career, by Varun Chopra helped Essex Eagles revive their Royal London Cup campaign against Somerset at Chelmsford.

The former Barking loanee, who attended Hall Mead School, agreed a two-year professional contract with the League One club earlier this week

Yesterday, 16:00

After a tough start to 2018, the recently relegated side will aim to enjoy success in two different formats over the Bank Holiday weekend

Yesterday, 15:00

Ardleigh Green captain Lloyd Edwards is keen to help his side start climbing the Shepherd Neame Essex League Division Three table.

Yesterday, 14:30

Lakeside Hammers will now head to Scunthorpe this evening for a clash with one of the in-form sides at the start of the season.

Yesterday, 14:00

The former England test spinner was in full flow last Saturday and will hope to help Hornchurch enjoy more success over the next few days

Yesterday, 13:00

Wood beat Woodford Wells by eight wickets last weekend

Yesterday, 12:30

Everyone Active Raiders have had a second team accepted to take place in the National League South Two for the 2018/19 season.


The next step in renewable energy could be right beneath your feet as you walk through a Romford shopping centre.

There are many reasons people decide to join a gym. Some want to pack on muscle for strength, train for endurance, or lose weight. But did you know it also does wonders for your mental health? Two members at Romford’s Better Gym in the Market Place talk about their personal fitness journey and the importance of replacing bad habits with good ones.

Sean Watson, director at the family-run St Michaels Homes which runs Howard Lodge and Dudbrook Hall, answers the common questions people have about care homes.

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

News from your area


Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now