Hornchurch boss McFarlane hopes to beat the weather and Harrow Borough

PUBLISHED: 12:28 12 November 2013 | UPDATED: 12:28 12 November 2013

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Ryman Premier, Hornchurch v Harrow Borough, 7.45pm

Hornchurch face Harrow Borough at Bridge Avenue tonight with the chance to return to the summit of the Ryman Premier should they beat the Reds but they need to beat the weather first.

Several Ryman League matches at the weekend were postponed, including Harrow’s game against Enfield Town, much to the frustration of Urchins manager Jimmy McFarlane.

“We have had some rain forecasted so we’ll have to wait and see. My groundsman is going to give me a ring and let me know how the pitch is,” said McFarlane

“I haven’t had a chance to see them this season, we pick and choose who we watch. We was planning to get them watched Saturday but it was postponed unfortunately.”

The symmetry of Harrow’s numbers this season would please some statisticians, with the Reds having played 15 games, sit 16th in the table and have 17 points.

In addition to that they have won four times, drawn five games and lost six matches. Hornchurch fans will be hoping the ‘games lost’ column changes to seven tonight.

McFarlane is expecting a tough match against well-organised opposition and praised his friend and Harrow manager, Dave Anderson.

“Their manager is good friend of mine and a top tactician,” said Urchins boss.

“He’ll work out how to play against us and have them set up well.”

The Hornchurch boss pointed to some unexpected results at the weekend as proof that this season’s Ryman Premier Division is a tight and tough as ever.

With that in mind, he certainly won’t be taking tonight’s match lightly, despite the following three matches pitting Urchins up against Kingstonian, Bognor Regis and Maidstone, three teams currently inside the top six.

McFarlane added: “You can’t take anyone lightly in this league. If anybody thinks it was easy then all they had to do was look at Cray Wanderers going to Lowestoft Town on Saturday and winning.

“Then you had Leiston taking a point off Maidstone United as well. We haven’t lost at home since opening day so our home form has been good to us, hopefully that continues.”

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