Boss McFarlane expects tough test as Hornchurch hope to end winless run
PUBLISHED: 17:00 03 November 2017
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Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane wants to end his side's winless run in what he expects to be a tough encounter against Witham Town.
The Urchins host the Bostik North strugglers at Bridge Avenue on Saturday (3pm) as they look to bring their three-match losing streak to an end.
“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to win all cup games, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to win all games, but the old cliché and the real reason we are all here is to get promotion,” said McFarlane.
“It will be a tough game, we won’t be going into it any lighter than we did against Chelmsford, but we’ve got to take the performance, the tempo and the endeavour into Saturday and if we do that we’re good enough to win. If we don’t, we’re in for a hard afternoon.”
McFarlane admits he knows plenty about their opponents and believes his former player Usman Adeniji will be determined to get one over on him.
“I do know quite a bit as they’ve not had a large turnover of players,” he added.
“I had ‘Ozzy’ with me last year so he’ll be busting a gut to score.
“I know quite a bit about them overall, but I’ll do more homework before Saturday, but this is all about collecting more points.”
The manager revealed he wasn’t pleased with Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to rivals Romford that sent them out of the Velocity Trophy but the 3-2 defeat to National League South high-flyers Chelmsford in the Essex Senior Cup on Tuesday restored his faith in his side.
“Saturday’s performance left me scratching and sleepless because you start to question your selection of your team after an awful performance, but (Tuesday) brought all my faith back,” he added.
Urchins will be boosted by the return of midfielder Jed Chouman who is available after missing the match against Chelmsford but they will still be without Mathias Fanimo.
“Jed had booked to go away two weeks ago when we didn’t have a midweek game and it was rearranged due to Chelmsford’s FA Cup replay,” added McFarlane.
“He is fit and available for Saturday.
“But Mathias has got a slight hamstring problem. He pulled it down at Soham the other week and he’s probably still about a week away.”