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Hornchurch title hopes ‘over’

13:30 21 March 2014

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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McFarlane concedes after devastating Cray defeat

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane admits his side’s automatic promotion hopes in the Ryman Premier Division are over following their midweek home defeat against bottom club Cray Wanderers.

But the Urchins boss expects a response from his men in their two “six-pointers” at Bridge Avenue against Maidstone tomorrow (Saturday) and Dulwich on Tuesday.

McFarlane talked up the importance of the next two matches in addition to discussing their fading title challenge, saying: “Saturday and Tuesday are six pointers because whoever wins gets the three points and the other team loses a possible three.

“On our day we are capable of beating anybody in this league, as we have done this season.

“The aim now is to come second and make sure, like we did last time, we get the home advantage.

“But it is who turns up at the moment. The most consistent thing about us at the moment is our inconsistency.

“It is not great going into the last 10 games of the season, but to get second now is our biggest aim.”

Wealdstone are favourites for the title as they sit at the top of the table and still have games in hand over Hornchurch and the rest of their challengers.

And McFarlane believes Wealdstone have the characters in their squad which other teams are lacking, adding: “It takes a certain type of team and a certain type of person to win a league.

“At the moment Wealdstone look like they’ve got more players with that type of character.”

McFarlane described the defeat against Cray as the worst of his managerial career and believes his team need to find the required motivation from within to perform to their optimum in every match, not just the big games.

He added: “There is something wrong and it has got to come from them. It can’t always come from me.

“Leagues are won and lost on nights like Cray, against teams like that.

“There are things that happened against Cray that the players have to deal with. There is enough experience in the side to put it right.

“I know I will get a performance on Saturday but what does that mean when we travel two hours to Lewes and play the best football we have all season. It means little now we’ve lost to Cray.”

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