Hornchurch boss McFarlane says pressure is on leaders to keep winning their games

PUBLISHED: 17:00 09 February 2018

Hornchurch's Olumide Oluwatimilehin (right) could return from injury for this weekend's clash (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch's Olumide Oluwatimilehin (right) could return from injury for this weekend's clash (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane revealed the pressure is on his men to keep winning games ahead of their clash with Haringey Borough.

Urchins welcome The Borough to Bridge Avenue on Saturday (3pm) as they look to continue their lead at the top of the Bostik North.

McFarlane’s men currently sit 13 points clear at the top and are in prolific form, scoring 10 goals in their last three matches and not conceding any.

“We just want to keep winning games of football and picking up points,” said McFarlane.

“There is pressure on us, as a manager and as players there is pressure, but that comes with being successful and all the clubs near the top are under it as well.

“Everyone wants to beat you when you’re doing well.”

McFarlane praised Haringey’s squad and is confident they will be eager to cause an upset as they hunt down a place of their own in the play-offs.

“They’re a good side that could upset anyone on their day,” McFarlane said.

“I noticed that their top goal scorer Ralston Gabriel was back involved on Saturday and he can be dangerous.

“They’re a bit like us, they don’t just rely on one player to score though.

“We will just have to prepare ourselves exactly how we did on Saturday as for us now it’s all about getting as many points on the board as possible.

“Everyone that comes to our ground wants to beat us on our own turf.”

McFarlane also praised the work of opposite number Tom Loizou, but admits although they are friendly off the field they will not be during the match.

“Their manager is one of the nice guys in football and I think he has done and is doing a fantastic job there,” he said.

“We will be enemies for 90 minutes and then we’ll have a beer after – as long as we win that is,” he joked.

Hornchurch could be boosted by the return of midfielder Olumide Oluwatimilehin for the clash, but will remain without Jed Chouman for the foreseeable future.

“Jed Chouman will be out for a while yet as he is having problems with some blood clots in his legs and we’re not sure when he’ll be back,” added McFarlane.

“Olu should be back and available for us this weekend as he’s back in training, so we’ll almost have everyone fully fit.”


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