Manager McFarlane looking for Hornchurch to build on unbeaten start to new season

PUBLISHED: 14:00 31 August 2018

Brad Warner of Hornchurch scored the equaliser against Brightlinsea on Bank Holiday Monday (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Brad Warner of Hornchurch scored the equaliser against Brightlinsea on Bank Holiday Monday (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane insists they must start building on their strong performances and turning them into more wins.

Harry Morgan of Brightlingsea and George Saunders of Hornchurch battle for the ball (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Harry Morgan of Brightlingsea and George Saunders of Hornchurch battle for the ball (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

The Urchins will welcome Carshalton Athletic to Bridge Avenue on Saturday as they look to continue their five-game unbeaten start to life in the Bostik Premier Division.

The boss admits he is pleased with the start his side have made as they sit eighth in the table and is now confident they can push on.

“If someone would have said to me, and I keep using this quote, ‘you’ll go unbeaten in the first five games’ I would have taken it all day long, but now we need to start building on it and winning games.

“We’re looking all right, David Crown used to say the time to start panicking is when you aren’t creating chances.”

Former defender McFarlane says it’s a tough league with no easy games, but he has seen enough to work with in his current squad.

“We’re climbing in the right direction,” McFarlane said.

“It’s looking good, the thing we need to keep stressing is we’re not going to get an easy game this year, every game we’re going to have to fight to get something out of it, but we will.

“We’re fit, we certainly know that and we’re showing it in every game, and that’s a good base to start with.

“It’s a tougher league and whether people say it or not, it is a better standard, it’s like being in the Bostik North and playing the top two or three every week and better.”

McFarlane expects another tough test against The Robins and praised their manager Peter Adeniyi ahead of the clash.

“I know Peter, he’s a player and manager, and he’s been a proper player and he’s a real good lad,” he added.

“We know they will be young, fit, sharp and very organised.

“Peter has been there and done it at a higher level so they will be prepared and I think our first easy game is around next June.”

McFarlane has also backed winger George Saunders to keep improving as the season goes on after picking him up from Essex Olympian side Kelvedon Hatch this summer after impressing during his trial.

“If you’ve got quality, you’ve got quality. I’m not a cliché man but cream does always rise to the top and I think if we can get him believing how good we think he is then we’ve got a hell of a player on our hands,” he said.


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