Hornchurch aiming to roll the R’s to loss

PUBLISHED: 15:30 20 November 2015

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane is plotting more FA Cup success (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane is plotting more FA Cup success (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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Urchins boss McFarlane targets Brightlingsea success before turning focus to Harlow

Jimmy McFarlane is wary of Brightlingsea Regent’s form ahead of Hornchurch’s trip to North Road for their Ryman North clash tomorrow.

The R’s sit 13th in the standings, but are one of the league’s red hot teams having won their last four matches.

Hornchurch are not faring too badly themselves having won their last three fixtures, including a 2-1 victory at Cheshunt on Tuesday.

That followed a win by the same scoreline at Barkingside last weekend – a team McFarlane’s men had beaten 9-0 and 5-1 in two earlier encounters this season.

Despite Regent’s lowly position in the table, McFarlane is taking nothing for granted tomorrow and believes it forms part of a tough run in the league for his team up until Christmas.

“Brightlingsea are right up there in terms of being the in-form team in the division right now and are scoring for fun,” he said.

“It will be similar to facing Cheshunt, who were also in a good run of form, before we beat them on Tuesday night.

“We have a tough run of games until Christmas and we’re playing teams who I expect will be near the top at the end of the season.

“If we are still second by that time then I will be delighted. We will have to take advantage when other teams slip up.”

With both teams heading into the weekend’s match in such good form, something will have to give on the Essex coast.

But rather than concern himself with what the R’s will throw at them, McFarlane is fully focused on ensuring Hornchurch are a threat to every team they play.

“We can only worry about ourselves and I know that if we can get it right on the day, we’ll be a match for anyone,” he added.

“We had a good tempo to our play during the win at Cheshunt and we have to make sure we do that every week.”

Following Saturday’s trip to Regent, Hornchurch welcome Harlow Town to Bridge Avenue for a mouthwatering clash on Tuesday.

The Hawks are in something of a false position in 12th with last season’s beaten play-off finalists having games in hand on every team above them.

Despite their current position, McFarlane fully expects Harlow to be pushing for promotion come April.

“When you play a team who is going to be around you at the end of the season, it is imperative that you do not lose,” he said.

“We go into every game with the aim of winning, but I’m not naive enough to think that we’ll go an entire year unbeaten.

“We have games in hand at the minute so we have to make sure we match the results of others until we’ve caught up.

“It will be tight at the top come the end of the season and when you play title rivals, it is almost like you’re playing for six points.”

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