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Hornchurch boss McFarlane keen to maintain away form

PUBLISHED: 17:00 24 November 2017

Hornchurch's Nathan Cooper scored in their 2-0 win against Hertford Town on Saturday (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch's Nathan Cooper scored in their 2-0 win against Hertford Town on Saturday (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane wants his side to continue their 100 per cent away form in the Bostik North so far this season.

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

The Urchins face two away trips this week as they travel to Tilbury on Saturday (3pm), before heading to Suffolk to take on Mildenhall Town on Tuesday evening (7.45pm) as they look to go top of the table.

McFarlane’s men have played seven matches away from home in the league, winning all seven and only conceding four goals, but the manager is under no illusions and expects a tough week.

“Tilbury will be another tough game, you don’t get ‘gimmes’ in this league. I know we beat Ware 4-0 the other week, but that was probably the best we’ve played for 90 minutes all season, and it was only 1-0 at half-time,” he said.

“Tilbury will be really difficult, it’s always a tough place to go and so will Mildenhall be on Tuesday.

“It’s a long way to go and play football, but our away record is pleasing, as we haven’t dropped a point on the road yet. It’s pretty pleasing and pretty special as well, not to lose a game on your travels.

“All we’ve got to do now is start matching our home record with our away record.”

The manager revealed his side are full of confidence ahead of their next matches and hopes Tilbury’s new manager Joe Keith doesn’t get to turn their fortunes around just yet, adding: “I’m expecting two tough games, but we’ll be going into them full of confidence.

“I know Joe quite well, I actually played with him when he first dropped out of the football league.

“All new managers have an impact when they first come in and let’s hope Joe’s doesn’t start until after Saturday!”

Meanwhile, McFarlane also admitted he knows very little about strugglers Mildenhall, but will be doing his research.

“I know nothing at all to be honest. I’ll do a bit of homework, but I’ve got Saturday to come first and then I’ll do some before we go there.”

Hornchurch should field a similar line-up, but will be without striker Leon McKenzie who is suspended.

“It’s dictated by injury mostly. We’re going to lose Leon through suspension, so we’ll have to shuffle the pack a little bit, but it all depends what knocks we pick up,” said McFarlane.

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