Hornchurch boss McFarlane hoping to keep that winning feeling against Bognor
PUBLISHED: 14:00 06 February 2015
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Double win has given everyone a boost, says Urchins manager McFarlane.
Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane admits the last two results have given everyone at the club a much-needed lift, and he hopes the good run continues when Bognor visit Bridge Avenue tomorrow.
Urchins picked up a vital 2-0 win over VCD Athletic to move themselves out of the Ryman Premier relegation zone, thanks to late goals from George Purcell and Danny Johnson.
They followed that by booking a spot in the semi-finals of the Essex Senior Cup with a 3-0 win at Redbridge on Tuesday, and McFarlane admits the confidence is starting to creep back into his youthful side at the right time.
“Wins just breed confidence right throughout the club,” said McFarlane. “Coming out of the bottom four is a confidence boost and a psychological one as well, especially for some of the youngsters.
“The youngsters worry a little bit more then some of your older ones. We have got a young side and I know they look at the league tables and they look at stats. To see us just above that relegation line will give the team and everyone around the club a boost.
“The phrase ‘six-pointer’ is bandied around a lot, but last weekend was definitely one. It was tough, though, and we had to earn the win.”
There is a five-point gap between Urchins and Tonbridge Angels in 19th, but McFarlane feels that gap will continue to decrease.
“There were four of us down the bottom, but now there are seven or eight all being sucked in, so at least we have some
excitement to look forward to!” added McFarlane.
Bognor head into tomorrow’s game on the back of a solid January results-wise as the Rocks have lost just one of five matches in the month.
However, they saw Monday’s game at Kingstonian bizarrely called off when the players were lining up in the tunnel.
And McFarlane admits he now has a good headache following the Essex Senior Cup win in midweek, which saw Junior Luke, Martin Tuohy and Nnamdi Nwachuku net to set up a home semi-final with holders Concord Rangers, which is due to take place at Bridge Avenue on Tuesday, February 24.
“Every game for us is a cup final now,” said McFarlane. “It was nice to leave out George Purcell against Redbridge and give Kieran Bishop, who has done well since coming in, a break.
“The boys that have come in have given me a bit of a nice headache.
“It makes a change to have one of them, but that’s what you want and it’s competition for places.
“But we will have to make an early call on the pitch as we don’t want Bognor to have already set off and then see the game postponed.”
And after the two wins the Urchins have picked up, McFarlane has praised the club’s directors and chairman Colin McBride for sticking by him despite the disappointing results.
“Colin and the three directors have been absolutely brilliant to me this season,” he said.
“They are as bad losers as me, but they have never once grizzled.The place is surrounded with nice people who just want to do so much for you.
“I feel that’s what will help drag us out of this relegation battle.”
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