McFarlane backing Urchins to build on last two results
PUBLISHED: 14:00 02 November 2018
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Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane says they will be looking to build on their last two results when they face in-form Bishop’s Stortford on Saturday.
Urchins travel to the ProKit UK Stadium as they attempt to pick up their victory in the Bostik Premier Division in four games.
And McFarlane is expecting a typical battle but is backing his squad to prove their quality.
“It will be a typical Bostik Prem game, one we’re plenty good enough to win if we apply ourselves,” McFarlane said.
“Yes, they’re in a good run of form, but we’ve got good players.
“We’ll be going there to try and build on these last two games and try getting three points as I’ve never ever gone to a game yet to nick a draw.
“Some people set up for draws in big games, we’ve been to Enfield and Dorking, but we haven’t set up to draw.”
Former Dagenham & Redbridge striker Jamie Cureton took over as interim player-manager of Stortford on September, 17, following the resignation of Adam Flint.
And the 43-year-old has only lost two games in 10 fixtures in all competitions since taking the reigns.
Cureton also leads the league scoring with nine goals and has 10 in all competitions.
“I don’t know if they’ve got any danger men apart from the leading goal scorer in the league,” McFarlane chuckled.
“He’s a good player, his record speaks for itself, but this league is full of good players with a lot of experience of playing in the Football League.
“Jamie Cureton is one of them and if we stop him scoring then we’ll have a good chance.”
Hornchurch could be without versatile Jordan Clark after he picked up a knock in a 1-1 draw with Merstham in midweek.
“As soon as we get one back, we lost another one,” added McFarlane.
“I know everyone has injuries, but we’ve lost impact players, our captain Nathan Cooper, our vice-captain Kenzer Lee for eight weeks and our other vice-captain Alex Bentley and Nathan Livings long-term.”
McFarlane is backing his squad to pull together after a bad run in form in the league and a growing list of injuries.
“It’s been a tough couple of weeks for these players, but it’s only us in our changing room that can turn it round,” he said. “This squad with a little bit of tinkering can finish top eight.”