Hornchurch boss McFarlane in positive mood

PUBLISHED: 12:08 25 July 2014 | UPDATED: 13:52 25 July 2014

George Purcell is set to return to action for Hornchurch tomorrow at Thurrock. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

George Purcell is set to return to action for Hornchurch tomorrow at Thurrock. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

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Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane believes the early signs are positive with little over two weeks before the start of the Urchins’ Ryman Premier campaign.

McFarlane saw his side win 2-1 at Whitstable last weekend, with both goals scored by new signing Tobi Joseph.

And while pleased with the early season form of Joseph, the Bridge Avenue boss has been delighted with the whole squad so far.

“Saturday was really pleasing,” said McFarlane. “It’s just about fitness and the performances, but we played some nice stuff at Whitstable as well.

“Tobi took his goals well but it would be hard to single anyone out as all the boys seem to be progressing nicely at this stage.”

“Pre-season has all changed from when I was playing.

“You used the first couple of weeks to shed the weight, but now the players come back and there’s not a pound of fat on them.”

McFarlane’s side travelled to Bishop’s Stortford for another friendly last night, losing 1-0, and now make the short trip over to Ship Lane to face his former side in Thurrock tomorrow.

The Urchins will rotate their squad around for both fixtures as McFarlane still takes a look at one or two trialists.

“Two games in such a short space of time would be tough during the season, but I’ll mix it about in both games to give as many people as many minutes as possible.”

Striker George Purcell missed last weekend’s match in Kent with a little niggle, as did Joey May, but both should be back in action at Thurrock.

“It’s nothing too serious for either of them,” said McFarlane. “There’s no point in risking them at this stage, but both will probably play a part at Thurrock on Saturday.”

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