Hornchurch boss McFarlane has selection headache on his hands for Hertford trip

PUBLISHED: 17:00 02 February 2018

Leon McKenzie of Hornchurch scores the fifth goal for his team and celebrates with Christian Assombalonga (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Leon McKenzie of Hornchurch scores the fifth goal for his team and celebrates with Christian Assombalonga (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane wants his men to keep marching on and setting the pace at the top of the Bostik North table this weekend.

Michael Finneran of Romford and Bradley Warner of Hornchurch battle for the ball (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo) Michael Finneran of Romford and Bradley Warner of Hornchurch battle for the ball (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

The Urchins travel away to face mid-table Hertford Town at Hertingfordbury Park on Saturday (3pm) as they look to make it three consecutive wins.

But manager McFarlane admits he has a selection headache for after Theo Fairweather-Johnson, Bradley Warner, Leon McKenzie and Christian Assombalonga all got on the score sheet in their 6-0 victory against local rivals Romford at Ship Lane on Wednesday evening.

“It’s a nice problem to have,” smiled McFarlane.

“It’s better to have a selection headache with too many players than not enough.

“What these players have got to realise is that it’s not about me, it’s not about them, and it’s about Hornchurch Football Club and about us getting promotion.

“If they don’t like being a substitute, then show me why you shouldn’t be a substitute and they have been doing that.

“It will be a tough game on Saturday, so let’s wait and see.”

Hornchurch have already played The Blues twice this campaign, as they knocked them out of the FA Cup in the third qualifying round with a 2-1 win after goals from McKenzie and the club’s all-time leading scorer George Purcell.

They also sealed a 2-0 victory against Gavin Kelsey’s men at Bridge Avenue with defender Nathan Cooper and Warner scoring the goals and McFarlane added: “We’re hoping for more of the same, but they’re a very physical side, they try to get in your head and that certainly doesn’t worry us.

“I know most of their players, you get to watch games and you look at the team sheets, and I spend Saturday evening scouring through every team sheet so I know enough about them.”

Urchins will have to assess Jamie Hursit, Alex Bentley and Olumide Oluwatimilehin and McFarlane said: “Jamie had a shot from 400 yards and hurt his ankle, but other than that it’s just the ones we’ve already had with Olu and Alex Bentley, so we’ll assess them.”

McFarlane is urging his men to keep going until they’ve nailed on promotion to the Bostik Premier Division, adding: “We’ve just got to keep going until someone says to me it’s mathematically impossible not to get promotion.”


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