Hornchurch boss McFarlane pleased with early showings from squad in pre-season

PUBLISHED: 08:00 20 July 2018

Jimmy McFarlane manager of Hornchurch during AFC Hornchurch vs AFC Sudbury, Bostik League Division 1 North Football at Hornchurch Stadium on 2nd December 2017

Jimmy McFarlane manager of Hornchurch during AFC Hornchurch vs AFC Sudbury, Bostik League Division 1 North Football at Hornchurch Stadium on 2nd December 2017

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Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane is pleased with the early signs shown by his side after picking up back-to-back victories in pre-season.

Urchins opened their pre-season fixtures with a 1-0 victory against Hullbridge Sports on Saturday and followed it up with a 2-0 win against National League South outfit Concord Rangers on Tuesday evening.

The boss, who was back in the dug-out for the two clashes after missing the back end of last term, believes the clash with Sammy Moore’s men was a good test.

“It was a good test, Saturday was the first one and it was good to get it out of the way and we near enough put two different teams out,” McFarlane said.

“Tuesday was always going to be a tough test against a very good side. I thought they had more possession, but goals win matches and I thought we had the better chances in the second half.

“Overall it was a good workout and I thought we made a good account of ourselves as they will be up there, lookingat some of the players they’ve got.

“We defended well, some good stand-out performances and it was a high tempo match from both teams. They’re a bit ahead of us on match fitness as they’ve played three or four games but our fitness looked good.

“The main thing for me is that it is just another pre-season training session, we treated it as such and we worked hard.

“The harder you work, the luckier you get, so I’m really pleased overall.”

Urchins play in a three-team tournament this weekend against Bostik South Central outfit Cheshunt and fellow Bostik Premier Division side Enfield Town on Saturday at Cheshunt.

Beyond that, they welcome Arsenal under-23s on July 31.

“We’re in a tournament at Cheshunt, a round-robin thing, on Saturday,” added McFarlane. “We play Cheshunt first and then we play Enfield which will be a bit surreal considering they’re in the same league as us this year and they will be strong.

“As Tuesday was, as Saturday was, it’s about getting fit ready and full of confidence for the start of the season.”

*Romford held a ‘find a striker’ competition at Ford Sports & Social Club last night and host Bostik South Central side Ware at Newbury Park tomorrow (Saturday, 2pm) for a friendly.


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