Hornchurch boss McFarlane looking to end home run with Bognor win

PUBLISHED: 14:26 19 November 2013 | UPDATED: 14:26 19 November 2013

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

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Ryman Premier preview: AFC Hornchurch v Bognor Regis Town, 7.45pm.

Hornchurch play their third consecutive home game this evening as Bognor Regis Town are the visitors to Bridge Avenue with the Urchins hoping to end their recent run of fixtures with a win.

The first home game of three came last Tuesday where they disappointingly lost 4-2 to Harrow Borough, they bounced back however from that shoddy defensive display to keep a clean sheet on Saturday against top of the table Kingstonian.

Unfortunately they were unable to penetrate the K’s defence and the strong 360 Bridge Avenue crowd had to settle for a goalless draw. Tonight they should expect plenty of action.

The two teams have scored a combined 70 goals from their 32 league matches this season and Urchins boss Jimmy McFarlane knows if his side perform to their optimum they’ll outscore their opponents.

“I went to watch them on Sunday against Hayes & Yeading in the FA Trophy,” said

“It was the second time I have seen them now and they are a good side.

“If we can get anywhere near our best then we will win but every now and then we go through these blips and struggle to play our best.”

Bognor played on Sunday, meaning Hornchurch will have an extra days rest over this evening’s visitors.

McFarlane is unsure if this will make a huge difference however, adding: “Sometimes it does have an effect. It all depends on who starts the sharpest I think.

“When I use to play for Purfleet, we would play home games on Monday nights and after a while we got use to it so sometimes losing a days rest doesn’t play a part.”

Stefan Payne was an unused substitute on Saturday and the illness which forced him to be a spectator may restrict him to the bench again tonight.

The Hornchurch manager will hope though that his side can exorcist the bad spirit currently looming over Bridge Avenue on Tuesday nights by winning against the Rocks this evening.

McFarlane sarcastically said: “Perhaps we need a priest in to get rid of the bad spirits! It is puzzling and it puzzles me why we don’t do it on Tuesday nights.”

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