Urchins manager McFarlane wants to keep marching on

PUBLISHED: 15:00 15 December 2017

Bridge Avenue under snow (pic Tony Benton)

Bridge Avenue under snow (pic Tony Benton)


Hornchurch will be looking to continue pulling away at the top of the Bostik North table as they face strugglers Cheshunt this weekend.

The Urchins welcome the Hertfordshire-based club to Bridge Avenue on Saturday (3pm) in a game they will be hoping gets the go-ahead, as they look to bounce back from a 2-0 defeat to Canvey Island.

Jim McFarlane’s men missed out on a chance to redeem themselves and return to winning ways on Tuesday as their match against Barking was called off following a pitch inspection, after a cold snap left surfaces frozen.

The manager is now putting his focus on making sure his side stay top for the entire Christmas period.

“To be fair we’ve done well at home lately, so whether we’re home or away we just want to win games of football to stay top for Christmas,” said McFarlane.

“It does all depend on the weather as they’re saying we’re going to have a cold snap over the next few weeks.

“I love the Christmas period. I just hope the weather doesn’t wipe it out.”

Former defender McFarlane revealed he has been surprised to see Cheshunt sitting third from bottom in the current eague table.

“I’m a bit surprised about that, I know the manager Steve Newing very well, he’s got bundles of experience and he used to manage Enfield and they’ve got some good players,” he said.

“They’re a little bit like Grays, when they were struggling earlier this season, I remember saying they won’t struggle for long, they’ve got too many good players and it’s the same with Cheshunt.

“The one for me is Jason Hallett, he’s amongst the leading goalscorers every single year and he’s been scoring goals recently, even though they’ve been struggling.

“I hope their fortunes turn, but after Saturday.”

McFarlane admits it was frustrating to see their match against high-flying Barking cancelled on Tuesday, adding: “If you’re not going well and games get called off, you go ‘lovely, we could do with a week off’, but we’re doing all right.

“We were desperate for the game to be on to get it out of our system and get going again, but it shows you how severe the weather was as our whole league was wiped out.”


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