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Hornchurch boss McFarlane hoping for better luck than his playing days against Bognor Regis

PUBLISHED: 14:00 24 August 2018

Hornchurch will be without defender Kenzer Lee who is ruled out with a hand injury (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch will be without defender Kenzer Lee who is ruled out with a hand injury (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane is hoping for a different outcome to when he came up against Bognor Regis Town in his playing days, writes Jacob Ranson.

The Urchins will welcome the recently relegated National League South outfit to Bridge Avenue on Saturday before making the trip to Brightlingsea Regent on Bank Holiday Monday.

McFarlane and his side will also be keen to continue their strong start to the new campaign and look to cause more upsets.

“Bognor are a good side, I’ve known the club and it’s set-up a long time, and they will pass the ball for fun like all Bognor sides have done,” McFarlane said.

“I’ve had some bad experiences as a player against them, two heavy defeats, but we’ll go into it confident as we’ll always be a tough side to beat.

“Our attacking options are there so we’re a threat for any side and I’m looking forward to it.

“At the moment I am – Tuesday I might regret saying that,” he joked.

The former defender admitted every Bank Holiday is tough as teams play two games in three days and the first result can change your attitude for the second match of the weekend.

“They’re tough old times Bank Holiday weekends because if you win the first one, the second one becomes not less important but less pressure,” he added. “But if you don’t win the first one then the second one becomes five times more important.”

Hornchurch will be without Kenzer Lee for the two clashes after the defender had to be taken off in their 2-2 draw with Enfield Town last weekend due to a hand injury.

“It wasn’t something we wanted to make public, but he has hurt his hand and is going to be out for a few weeks,” said McFarlane.

“You’re trying to keep things under wraps and then he walks around in a cast, naïve, but that’s life.

“We’re thinking long and hard what we do, where we go, have we got enough in our squad, but he is a big loss as he’s been our best defender for the first three games.

“That is what a squad is about so we’ll have to see how we go.”

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