Hornchurch boss: I will turn it around

PUBLISHED: 09:00 20 September 2014

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

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

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McFarlane confident of Urchins recovery

Hornchurch switch their focus back to the Ryman Premier Division following their FA Cup exit this week, and manager Jimmy McFarlane is sure he will get the club moving up the table soon.

Urchins visit Dulwich today before making the trip to Harrow Borough on Tuesday and six points is the target for the Bridge Avenue club.

McFarlane admits it is a testing time for himself, but says, like he did throughout his playing career, he will not be giving up.

“It is my toughest time in football, but I know I can turn this around,” said McFarlane.

“I never gave up as a player, even when I was told at 18 and 24 that I would have to give up football. I got through that and I know I will be able to get through this.

“We need to roll our sleeves up, stick together and make sure we get out of this. I’m going into both games looking to get the full six points.

“If we’d made a great start I would probably have accepted four, but we need to get wins.”

McFarlane continues to look for the winning formula, but also noted that various other sides who challenged for promotion last season haven’t enjoyed the same success this campaign.

He added: “It is funny because some of the top sides like us, Bognor, Dulwich and Kingstonian haven’t had the best of starts.

“Ours has been the worst, but they will all be looking to improve and we certainly need to improve the most.”

McFarlane believes the Dulwich game will be great for the neutral, but is looking for Hornchurch to turn a corner this week.

“Dulwich are the best footballing side in the league,” he added. “They are the best side to watch from a neutral point of view. It will be a difficult game, but not one I will fear.

“Harrow have been a bit of a bogey side for us, but sometimes it is those places where you get a result and it turns the corner for you.”

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