Hornchurch boss hopes to break duck

PUBLISHED: 09:00 09 September 2014

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Winless Urchins visit fellow strugglers

Hornchurch visit fellow strugglers VCD Athletic tonight hoping to pick up their first Ryman Premier Division win of the season.

And manager Jimmy McFarlane is confident his side will achieve that soon following their excellent performance against Margate on Saturday.

Urchins matched the second-placed side all the way at the weekend, but fell to an eighth defeat of the new campaign.

McFarlane saw plenty of positives, though, and knows if his team matches that level of performance they will have success this season.

“We will pick up, dust ourselves down and go again and see if we can pick up our first win of the season at VCD,” he said.

“I have said if we perform like we did against Margate, from now until the end of the season, we will win more games than we lose because not every side has the quality they have.

“If the team can perform like they have since the second game of the season we should get something because Leiston (4-0) is the only trouncing we have got and we certainly didn’t deserve that.

“We have got to work as hard as we did against Margate and if we work as hard (we will get rewarded) because these sides haven’t got the quality of Margate.”

Hornchurch are boosted ahead of the trip to Oakwood as new signing Leon McKenzie is available for selection and McFarlane will be hoping he can answer the club’s goalscoring troubles.

Urchins have only scored three times in nine league matches this year and McFarlane hopes his new forward will help solve the scoring problem.

McFarlane has also noticed some issues that need addressing following the weekend loss to Margate and revealed he had VCD watched on Saturday during their 1-0 loss at Canvey.

He added: “Leon will be with the squad. He is six foot four inches tall and I have had him before, so I know his weaknesses and I know his strengths.

“I have seen (against Margate) that we need to work on our corners because our deliveries are great and we do corners, but we need to spend a bit more time on them.

“VCD have some good players, they have Leigh Bremner who has played at this level.

“And they are like us, they are going to look to improve, but we just have to worry about ourselves.”

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