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Hornchurch boss does not fear Heybridge

PUBLISHED: 15:00 11 December 2015

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

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Hornchurch's George Purcell on the attack against Bury Town (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)Hornchurch's George Purcell on the attack against Bury Town (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane does not fear a Ryman North upset at bottom club Heybridge, despite the Swifts knocking Dagenham & Redbridge out of the Essex Senior Cup in midweek.

Urchins will look to maintain their promotion push at Scraley Road tomorrow (Saturday), before returning to the vicinity to take on nearby Maldon on Tuesday.

And McFarlane wants his players to build on their ‘best 90 minutes of the season’ last weekend, when they beat Bury Town 3-0 at Bridge Avenue.

He said: “Heybridge will raise their game against us, but if we get near to how we performed last Saturday we will be okay.

Hornchurch captain Elliiot Styles heads home against Bury Town (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)Hornchurch captain Elliiot Styles heads home against Bury Town (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

“There were some funny results on Tuesday, but that’s cup football. Our young goalie Callum Chafer had a decent game for Redbridge against East Thurrock, who had a good side out.

“I know a few of the Heybridge players and their manager Jody Brown, but it’s not about who we’re playing, it’s all about us and if we can perform the way we can.

“If we had money we would’ve stayed up there for Tuesday! We owe Maldon. We were poor when we played them before, the first half was our worst 45 minutes of the season.”

Urchins slipped to a 3-1 home defeat against the Jammers in September, but have won eight and drawn two of their 11 league fixtures since and find themselves in third place.

George Purcell (10) celebrates a goal for Hornchurch with team-mates (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)George Purcell (10) celebrates a goal for Hornchurch with team-mates (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

McFarlane added: “We’ve just got to keep picking up points. We’re only halfway through the season and there’s a long way to go and loads of twists, turns and shocks to come.

“At Easter, then we’ll see who it’s going between. We’ve had a couple of blips against Maldon and the two Romford games.

“We were brilliant for 30 minutes in the away match and could’ve been 4-0 up but then fell apart. The home game we were poor. It’s the only time we’ve been poor for the full 90 minutes.

“On the whole we’ve been pretty decent all year. Words have been exchanged at half time a few times, but I think our form will be better in the second half of the season, history dictates that. So we should have a good year.”

Hornchurch will be without Tobi Joseph, though, after he suffered a broken leg against Bury.

McFarlane revealed he had been in regular contact with his midfielder since his operation in midweek, but knows he faces a tough task to replace him.

He added: “Tobi’s in good spirits and so is Danny Johnson who has had an operation on his cruciate ligaments. I’m in daily contact with them and they’re both bored, you can tell by the stupid texts they keep sending!

“Danny was doing brilliant for us, but we’ve got Nathan Cooper and Paul Goodacre in and they’re more than capable. Tobi is going to be very hard to replace, with his goals, energy, power and commitment.

“I need the right type of player to replace Tobi, a ready-made replacement.

“We can’t bring someone in who is going to be a work in progress. I need someone who is going to get me 10 goals between now and the end of the season.”

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