McFarlane happy with ‘rosy’ Hornchurch
PUBLISHED: 12:00 29 August 2017
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Jim McFarlane believes things are looking ‘rosy’ for Hornchurch after their comfortable 4-1 winagainst local rivals Romford on Bank Holiday Monday.
Despite a frustrating first-half display at Bridge Avenue, Urchins claimed the Bostik North points as two goals for Brad Warner along with a George Purcell penalty and Kenzer Lee’s toe-poke cancelled out Jamie Dicks’ deflected effort.
Derby success saw Hornchurch continue their 100 per cent start to the season and McFarlane praised the diverse attacking options he has this season compared to previous years, but was upset with only the second goal they’ve conceded in four games this season.
“I was quite disappointed with us in the first half, I know they didn’t have a shot but I just thought we were only just doing ‘enough’ and that we needed to up it which we did in the second half,” he said.
“I know we got four but we had some brilliant opportunities to get another three or four, but the biggest disappointment was to concede the goal to an awful deflection, because before that they were lively but they didn’t look like scoring.
“Last year, we had George [Purcell] out injured and the only one that was scoring was Leon [Mackenzie]. At the moment George is on three or four, Brad [Warner] is on five, Ross [Wall] is on two or three, so it’s looking rosy.”
The Urchins manager also believes that this is his side’s best chance yet to secure promotion back to the Premier Division.
“No one ever won anything on paper and I said that at half-time, but we won’t have a better chance than this year and this is the toughest this league’s ever been in all of my life,” he added.
“There was always two or three and then the rest would struggle. But this year I can see there being about eight teams at the top right to the very end, and let’s hope we’re up at the top of that list.”
Romford manager Paul Martin dismissed his side’s performance and says they are instead focused on the more financially-lucrative FA Cup first qualifying round tie this weekend, where they play Hornchurch again on Sunday.
“They’re flying high, they’re top of the league, unbeaten, and they’re scoring goals for fun,” said Martin.
“But we’ve got to have a game plan. I was trying to spoof as much as I could today, because I can claw three points back this year, but the really important thing is to take it to them on Sunday in the FA Cup.
“We don’t pay any money, we don’t pay any wages at the club. We have to pay our ground fee for a ground-share with Thurrock and where does it come from? We’ve got no sponsors, we’ve got no big-money man.
“The two grand in the last round and the three grand next weekend, if we get that, that’s a quarter of our rent paid for us to keep kicking a ball every year.”