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McFarlane hoping Hornchurch can progress

12:30 16 September 2014

A happy Hornchurch boss Jim McFarlane. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

A happy Hornchurch boss Jim McFarlane. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

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Urchins boss wants to win money for club

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane had a serious case of déjà vu at the weekend and will have the same feeling tonight when his side face Ryman Premier rivals East Thurrock for the second time in four days, hoping to secure a place in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup.

Urchins and the Rocks played out a 1-1 draw at Bridge Avenue on Saturday after goals from George Purcell and old boy Lewis Smith ensured the two clubs would have to do battle again.

The exact same scenario occurred last season and in the same round with Hornchurch and East Thurrock again drawing 1-1 before facing off at Rookery Hill a few days later.

Last year, goals from Michael Spencer and Chris Bourne helped the Bridge Avenue outfit progress into the next round with a 2-1 away win but the Urchins boss just wants a straight forward victory this time around.

He is also hoping that his side can deliver a 90-minute performance against Rocks, having failed to give a proper account of themselves in both games against them this season.

“It is déjà vu isn’t it?” admitted McFarlane. “It was identical to last year but I would take a 1-0 win not 2-1 this time.”

“It is frustrating that we have struggled against East Thurrock because I have seen what this side can do against ‘the Margate’s’ and ‘the Maidstone’s’ and I don’t know what it is.

“I don’t fear anyone in this league, the only team I fear is my team because at the moment I don’t know what performance they are going to give.”

The message ahead of last weekend was to defeat Rocks and give something back to the club, in terms of the financial reward on offer for progressing to the next round, and the same message will be conveyed tonight.

McFarlane believes his team must do all they can to win the £3,000 prize money on offer, he added: “I already said to them afterwards that some managers would have been sacked following the run we have been on.

“Budgets would have been cut but there hasn’t been any word of that from the directors and sometimes in life it is good to give something back and hopefully we can do that tonight.”

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