Hornchurch boss wants more of the same

PUBLISHED: 16:30 16 August 2013

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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McFarlane delighted with win at Margate

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane is hoping for more of the same after his side bounced back from opening day defeat with a 2-1 injury time win at Margate on Tuesday.

Urchins travel over the Dartford Bridge to face Cray tomorrow (Saturday) and then play host to Bury on Tuesday, with McFarlane adding versatile midfielder Sam Lechmere ahead of the two fixtures.

Lechmere has experience at Ryman Premier Division level having played for Thurrock, Aveley and most recently Billericay.

McFarlane added: “Sam wasn’t enjoying his football at Billericay and he is a very versatile player who can play anywhere across midfield and I am sure he will be a great addition.

“We have a few injuries at the moment with Martin Tuohy and Tambeson Eyong out, but now I am happy with the balance of the squad. There is plenty of experience and there is youth as well.”

McFarlane is wary of the threat both Cray and Bury pose, with the latter a side he expects to be in the hunt for promotion come the end of the season.

“We’ve been handed a tough first six or seven games, there’s no doubt about that,” he added.

“Bury are a good side and if I expected another team to be in with a shout at the end of the season it would be them.

“They have a good manager and have added well in the summer.

“But we have Cray to worry about first and must get the job done on Saturday before we focus on Bury.”

Urchins will be hoping to continue where they left off in midweek, as Ade Yusuff’s stoppage time goal sealed success at Margate.

And McFarlane was happy with the reaction he got from his team after a disappointing 1-0 home loss to Lewes on Saturday.

“I was scratching my head and wondering whether it was the same side from Saturday,” he added.

“We were a million times better than Saturday in every department, everyone across the whole pitch was great.

“It was a perfect response from the boys and it’s nice to get up and running.”

McFarlane also revealed that striker Tuohy had undergone further tests on his injured knee this week.

“Martin has got a lot more movement in the knee and he travelled with us on Tuesday,” he said.

“It’s a lot better, but although we want him back as quick as possible, it is also important we don’t rush him back too soon and risk doing more damage.”

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