Hornchurch boss happy so far

PUBLISHED: 12:30 05 August 2013

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane  and recent addition to coaching staff Grant Gordon (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane and recent addition to coaching staff Grant Gordon (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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McFarlane enjoying pre-season campaign

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane says he has enjoyed this pre-season more than any other.

Urchins visit Aveley for their final friendly tonight, having slipped to a 4-2 defeat against a West Ham XI.

And McFarlane is more than happy with how things are progressing ahead of the new Ryman Premier Division season.

He said: “In pre-season terms, it’s one I’ve enjoyed the most.

“There’s a great team spirit and they have got a great work ethic, I’ve got no complaints.

“We were a bit below-par against Hemel Hempstead (a 2-1 defeat last Thursday), but they have all worked hard and I was really pleased with the workout against West Ham.”

Chris Bourne and in-form George Purcell twice put Urchins ahead at Bridge Avenue, but Dylan Tombides, Blair Turgott, George Moncur and Paul McCallum replied for the Hammers.

McFarlane had praise for him men, including new signing Purcell, and added: “Our fitness was good and we played some nice football, but they scored a couple of spawny goals.

“George is a bit like Martin Tuohy. Sometimes you don’t notice him in the game and then he’ll take a chance.

“The one thing we’ve lacked the last two seasons is goals, we didn’t get enough. We relied heavily on Martin and Lewis (Smith) chipped in with a few.”

Tuohy remains sidelined with a knee injury and McFarlane revealed he will make several changes at Mill Field tonight, with their first league match against Lewes only five days away.

“The knee is still quite badly swollen and it can’t be properly assessed,” he said. “It’s a case of keeping our fingers crossed.

“We’ve had a lot of trialists this summer and some of them have not got a lot of minutes, so it’s a bit of a juggling act.

“Tonight will mainly be about having a look at trialists and others who need a few more minutes.”

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