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McFarlane says Hornchurch have to fight for every point

PUBLISHED: 15:00 12 January 2018

Hornchurch's Bradley Warner scored a brace against Heybridge Swifts and celebrated with his team-mates (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch's Bradley Warner scored a brace against Heybridge Swifts and celebrated with his team-mates (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch will be hoping to extend their lead at the top of the Bostik North league table over the coming days.

Urchins Leon McKenzie tries to avoid a tackle against Heybridge Swifts (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo) Urchins Leon McKenzie tries to avoid a tackle against Heybridge Swifts (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

The Urchins face a hectic weekend with two games in three days as they host Waltham Abbey at Bridge Avenue on Saturday (3pm) before making the trip to Coles Park Stadium to face Haringey Borough on Monday evening (7.45pm).

Manager Jim McFarlane wants his men to take nothing for granted and keep battling for every point available, as they lead Bowers by three points.

“Waltham Abbey is the surprise package for me this year, I know Paul Joynes well and I think he’s doing a really good job,” said McFarlane.

“We had a tough game against them last year and they’re way better than last season and Brentwood proved it to me the other week – there is no easy game in this league.

“You have to fight and battle for every single point, and when we do that, which is more often than not, we’re a good side. It’s when we don’t do it, that it’s a problem.”

McFarlane also gave his men a rallying call to respect the Abbey squad as they have some strong assets in their squad.

“I always make sure my players give every opposition the respect they’re due, they’ve got some good old seasoned professional players that have been around the block, people like Billy Holland who gives his all every week,” he added.

“We’ve got to match that and hopefully our quality will shine through. They’ve got Christian Assombalonga who has played at a higher level but if we reach the heights we did on Tuesday we should be all right.”

Hornchurch, having beaten Aveley and Heybridge over the past week, will then travel to north London to face high-flying Haringey and McFarlane revealed it is always tough to play on 3G pitches.

“I’m expecting it to be tough as it’s on the 3G, I’m not a fan of it, I understand the logic and the money it can make but it’s not for me,” he said. “We’ve played on it twice so far and won 2-0 on both occasions, so as much as I don’t like it we have a good record on it.”

“I’ve watched them a couple times recently and we won’t be taking anything for granted. They’ve got one of the leading scorers in Ralston Gabriel so he will be a threat, they’ve also got loads of pace, power and good energy about them.”

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