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McFarlane: League our priority

PUBLISHED: 17:30 13 October 2015

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch boss insists Phoenix won’t be taken lightly despite FA cup heroics

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane believes playing Phoenix Sports twice last month will be perfect preparation for the Ryman North clash between the sides at Bridge Avenue tonight.

The Urchins beat Phoenix Sports away from home in the FA Cup and the league in the space of just three days at the end of September, with an aggregate score of 9-5 across the two matches.

And while Hornchurch are riding high on the crest of the wave after reaching the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup at the weekend, McFarlane knows it is success in the league that will define the team’s season.

“This is one of our biggest games recently. The cup runs are a bit of a bonus but the league is our bread and butter. We want promotion,” said McFarlane.

“We won’t be resting on our laurels, that’s for sure, because Phoenix ran us close in those two games last month.”

In the two matches last month, it was Phoenix striker Ricky Freeman who was the top scorer as he netted all of his team’s goals.

But far from having a plan to deal with the potent frontman, McFarlane hopes the Urchins’ attacking threats, including Tobi Joseph, George Purcell and David Knight, give Phoenix something to think about.

“We’ll let Phoenix worry about having a plan to deal with our attack!” he added. “We conceded sloppy goals in both matches but we seem to have tightened up since then.

“We kept a clean sheet against Cray Wanderers and almost had another at Worthing United in the FA Cup. We’ll gie Phoenix a lot of respect but we’re at home so we’ll have no fear.”

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