Lowestoft to test Urchins

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane believes tomorrow’s home clash with Lowestoft will give him a good idea of his side’s chances this season.

Urchins return to Bridge Avenue for their first Ryman Premier Division match in six weeks to face a side breathing right down their necks in the play-off race.

And a 3-0 win at Wealdstone sends them into the battle in high spirits.

McFarlane said: “We’re looking forward to it and hopefully people will be keen to get out of the house again and come and watch us.

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“I drove to Lowestoft on Monday to watch them play and they’re a good side, big and well-organised, but there’s nothing we should fear.

“We’ve beaten good sides on this run of ours and if we’ve got aspirations of finishing in the top five, we’ve got to get something from the game.

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“I’m quietly confident. It’s imperative we don’t lose and it will be a good gauge of how far we’ve come.”

Urchins are unbeaten in 10 league games, since heavy defeat at Tonbridge in early October, and occupy fifth place at present.

And they are keen to set the record straight after losing 2-0 at Lowestoft at the start of the season.

McFarlane added: “A couple of mistakes either side of half time cost us at their place.

“But we’re in a nice position for this time of year and I’ll take this for the next three or four weeks.

“If you’re top or second, everyone is gunning for you, but we’re sitting in there and historically we’ve always had a better second half to season and long may it continue.

“I say to the players, they pick the team. I just write down the names of the most in-form XI, it’s easy. The ones with the shirts are all in form and it’s a nice problem to have, picking who to put on the bench.”

Billy Coyne is a slight doubt, after getting a kick on the elbow in the midweek friendly against Romford, but McFarlane said: “I don’t think it’s broken but he’ll get an X-ray. I think he’ll be ok and everyone else is fit too.”

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