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Hornchurch boss McFarlane wants to go on another run

PUBLISHED: 17:00 20 October 2017

Hornchurch's Brad Warner has impressed since joining the club in the summer from Bowers & Pitsea (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

Hornchurch's Brad Warner has impressed since joining the club in the summer from Bowers & Pitsea (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

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Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane wants his side to get on another impressive winning streak with two big Bostik North clashes this week.

The Urchins travel away to face Soham Town Rangers on Saturday (3pm kick-off) before hosting second-place Dereham Town on Tuesday evening (7.45pm kick-off) as they look to extend their unbeaten run in the league.

“My main aim in every game is just to get three points,” McFarlane said.

“We always look like we’re going to score and if we keep a minimum of a clean sheet, we’re then half way there.”

McFarlane’s men have already beaten the Cambridgeshire-based club 3-0 in their opening game of the season at Bridge Avenue and the manager expects a tougher test at Julius Martin Lane on Saturday.

“I’m just looking for three points,” he said. “I don’t care how they come, you’ve only got to look at games like Bowers & Pitsea getting beat by Grays this week, there is results in every team in our division.

“I thought Soham were a good side when we played them at the beginning of the season.

“The league table dictates they’re not a bad side, but it just about continuing to pick up the points for us.”

Hornchurch will then welcome Neal Simmons’ men to Bridge Avenue on Tuesday and McFarlane admits they’ll be a real challenge for his side.

“They was a good side last year, they had quite a lot of youngsters from the Norwich and Ipswich academies and they’ve got some experienced players as well, so they’ve got a good blend.

“They started well last year and they fell away, but I think this year they’ve learnt from them mistakes and I think they’ll be a very tough match if I’m honest.”

They go into the match on the back of a 1-0 victory at home to fellow high flyers Bowers and Pitsea on Saturday afternoon after Brad Warner came back to haunt his old club.

McFarlane made a few changes to the line-up for the match, but revealed this week’s games will be his strongest eleven, depending on injuries.

“I’ll be picking my strongest eleven,” he admitted.

“We’ll nurse any injuries and re-evaluate them ahead of the match, then pick the team out of the players who are the fittest to play.”

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