Search

Hornchurch facing ‘biggest test yet’

11:59 17 February 2014

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane looks on during his side

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane looks on during his side's win over Leiston (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO c/o 27 Plaiters Way, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3LR - Editorial Use ONLY - FA Premier League and Football League images are subject to DataCo Licencing restrictions

McFarlane prepared for Wealdstone clash

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane has admitted tonight’s Ryman Premier Division clash against Wealdstone is their biggest game of the season so far.

Fourth-placed Urchins travel to The Vale to face third-placed Stones in a potentially pivotal match, knowing a win would see them leapfrog their rivals.

But McFarlane believes tonight’s opposition are the best in the division, saying: “I think they are the best side in the league. That will sound funny considering we beat them 6-1 in the cup, but that was one of those days where everything went wrong for them and right for us.

“Gordon (Bartlett) has put together a really experienced team and they’ve done well this season.

“It is a massive game. Biggest game of the season so far? Yeah without doubt.”

As can sometimes be the case with such crunch clashes, the fear of losing turns a predicted thriller into a dull stalemate.

McFarlane hopes this does not happen, but did wonder if Wealdstone being used to playing on Monday nights – this will be the fifth time they have this season – could play a part.

He added: “Sometimes with these games you get some negativity where the two teams cancel each other out or don’t want to lose.

“It is a game both teams don’t want to lose, but also one we would both like to win.

“At Thurrock we played a lot on Mondays and got used to it, so that could be seen as an advantage to them, they are more used to it than us.

“Fitness isn’t a problem though, we have been training all throughout these postponements and we have pretty much everyone fit.”

Wealdstone boast experienced duo Glen Little and Scott McGleish in their ranks, but Hornchurch have hotshots Stefan Payne and George Purcell in sensational form.

The Urchins pair were in the goals again at the weekend with Payne bagging a brace and Purcell scoring in a 4-2 home win over Leiston.

McFarlane praised his strike duo and acknowledged it as the “perfect Saturday” for Hornchurch.

“The two are just brilliant at the moment,” he said.

“People keep telling me they can’t play together but for each of their goals they set each other up.

“They’ve both scored so many, Stefan’s got 25 now and you know if one doesn’t score the other definitely will.”

Promotion rivals Dulwich, Maidstone and Kingstonian all lost at the weekend, which also pleased the Hornchurch boss.

He added: “It was a perfect Saturday, apart from Wealdstone winning at Thamesmead.

“The chairman said to me at half time they were all losing and at full time told me they all had except for Wealdstone, which was brilliant.”

Conditions at Bridge Avenue were not the best, with wind playing a major part, but McFarlane hailed the performance of his side.

“To score four goals was really pleasing, especially considering conditions, which I think played a part in their second goal,” he said.

“Inigo (Echepare) had been fantastic first half and would normally have claimed it, but wind took the ball away from him.

“It was a fantastic performance considering the pitch and conditions; I was really pleased with boys.”

0 comments

Latest Romford Sports News

09:38
Billy Gordon in batting action for Hornchurch (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Late collapse is costly against Chingford

Yesterday, 18:01
Essex head coach Chris Silverwood (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

County chase victory to seal home quarter-final

Yesterday, 16:51
Joe Widdowson of Dagenham & Redbridge and Jake Reeves of AFC Wimbledon  (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Friendly: Dagenham & Redbridge 0 AFC Wimbledon 1

Fri, 21:35
The Essex squad pose in their NatWest T20 Blast kit at Chelmsford (pic: PA)

Rain cannot dampen Ravi’s mood too much

Fri, 17:00
Upminster celebrate getting a wicket (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Young team bounced back from defeat at Hadleigh on July 16 to earn impressive victory at promotion rivals Southend last weekend

Fri, 16:00
Hornchurch's Tom Moore (left) looks on with team mate Marc Whitlock. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Tom Moore’s partnership with last man Marc Whitlock nearly got the 2015 Division One champions another win on Saturday

Fri, 15:00
Harold Wood skipper Richard Brabner (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Both sides looking for key points in race for promotion

Fri, 14:00
George Purcell in action for Hornchurch. Pic: MARK HODSMAN/TGS PHOTO

Ryman North club have scored nine times in five pre-season matches so far this summer and have two more coming up in the next few days

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate that one lucky winner will receive four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All runners up will get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now