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Big week for Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 16:00 22 January 2016

George Purcell of Hornchurch celebrates his goal to level the score against AFC Sudbury (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

George Purcell of Hornchurch celebrates his goal to level the score against AFC Sudbury (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

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McFarlane targets maximum points for Urchins from two home games

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane expects a tough home game with Soham Town Rangers tomorrow (Saturday), despite the visitors being without a win in three Ryman North matches.

Urchins have taken seven points from a possible nine over the same period, but the Greens have taken just two as their season starts to look in danger of petering out.

The sides meet at Bridge Avenue with the hosts looking for a 10th home success in the league this season, but McFarlane insists his team will not have it all their own way.

“They have been on a tough run in their last six games, coming up against some tough teams, but there have been some good results so they will have confidence,” he said.

“Soham are an improving side too so we’ll be taking nothing for granted. We have to carry on and play like we did against Sudbury, just score a few more!

“It’s our biggest game of the season, but once it’s over then our next match becomes our biggest of the season. We have to take it one game at a time.”

A seemingly tougher task awaits Hornchurch on Tuesday as they welcome fellow promotion hopefuls Tilbury.

The Dockers went 17 games unbeaten from the end of September until earlier this month to embark on a push for the play-offs.

Tilbury have emerged as one of the league’s surprise packages this season, but McFarlane says he is not shocked by their progress.

“Gary Henty (Tilbury manager) has been around non-league football a long time so he knows what it’s all about,” added McFarlane.

“They’ve got players like Dan Glozier and Matt Game who are very talented and have played at a higher level than this league.

“So no, I’m not surprised they are doing well because they are a good team with a good manager.”

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