Hornchurch boss hopes for reaction against Kingstonian

PUBLISHED: 12:00 15 November 2013

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

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Hornchurch host Kingstonian at Bridge Avenue tomorrow looking to bounce back following a disappointing 4-2 defeat to Harrow Borough on Tuesday night.

It was the worst type of preparation for the three big Ryman Premier league games coming up.

After this weekend’s match, Urchins have another home fixture next Tuesday, this time against Bognor Regis before a trip to Maidstone United follows next weekend.

And manager Jimmy McFarlane is looking for his side to hit some consistency and start keeping clean sheets.

“I have a little tiny game on Saturday against Kingstonian to worry about,” said McFarlane.

“On our day we are the best side in this league but at the moment our days are hit and miss and that is not good enough to win this league.

“I keep saying if we can just keep clean sheets we’ll score goals and win games.

“I’ve had a little niggle about the goals we have conceded all year so we need to address that because even in the games we have been winning comfortably we’ve thrown a poor goal in.”

Hornchurch’s manager highlighted earlier in the season that his side often fail to take advantage of the opportunity to go top of the table when they play at home on Tuesday nights.

A poor first half performance is normally the catalyst for those wasted opportunities and the Urchins boss is perplexed as to its continuation. “I wish I knew. If I knew I would put a stop to it,” added McFarlane.

“First halves on a Tuesday night, I don’t know, it just doesn’t seem to happen.

“Two years ago when we got promotion I thought we were the better side, Billericay will disagree because they won it.

“The reason we didn’t win it was because our Tuesday night home form was poor.

“It has become a bit of a mental block but as I say you can’t keep looking for excuses. It is what it is.”

If Hornchurch were to win their next two games at Bridge Avenue it could go some way to putting the Tuesday night curse factor to bed once and for all.

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