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Hornchurch boss McFarlane keen to get started after a long pre-season campaign

PUBLISHED: 14:00 10 August 2018

Lewwis Spence of Hornchurch and Charlie Gilmour of Arsenal during AFC Hornchurch vs Arsenal Under-23, Friendly Match Football at Hornchurch Stadium on 31st July 2018

Lewwis Spence of Hornchurch and Charlie Gilmour of Arsenal during AFC Hornchurch vs Arsenal Under-23, Friendly Match Football at Hornchurch Stadium on 31st July 2018

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Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane is raring to get started in the Bostik Premier Division ahead of their season opener against Leatherhead.

Urchins welcome the Tanners to Bridge Avenue on Saturday (3pm) as they look to get off to a strong start to the campaign.

Boss McFarlane says every opponent will be tough this season and they have to focus on themselves. And he knows Nikki Bull’s side will be a hard first encounter after they just missed out on the play-off’s last season.

“Pre-season always seems to drag on and I know we have to do it, play so many games, and build fitness up,” McFarlane said.

“I’m always a strong believer that pre-season builds your foundations for the season, not as in results, but for the core fitness in the squad.

“Maybe it’s my age, but it just seems to get longer every year and I’m just raring to getting going now.”

The former defender revealed Urchins have studied their opponents in pre-season as Colin McBride was in the crowd for their 2-2 draw with Farnborough on Saturday.

“Colin went to watch them on Saturday while we were at Bury Town and we’ve sat down and gone through everything together already,” added McFarlane.

“They had a very good season last year and I’m sure they will be a very tough team again this time round.

“Every game this season will be tough, though, as there are so many good teams in this division and a lot of good players, but as long as we have our game play set I know we will be a tough match for anyone as well.”

McFarlane has also praised his squad and says he expects a good season as he knows what they are capable of achieving, adding: “We’ve got good defenders and we’ve added some good midfielders as well to improve us.

“I’m anticipating that we will have a good season as the players we’ve got are more than capable.”

He also admitted it is nice to start the season on home turf, although he does believe it makes your first game harder.

“Sometimes it’s an advantage and sometimes not as you’re at home and you want to get that win in front of your own fans so it makes it harder,” he said.

“At the end of the day, though, you have to play everyone home and away, so we just have to get on with it.”

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