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Hornchurch boss would take any victory at Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 12:30 01 November 2013 | UPDATED: 17:20 01 November 2013

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

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Hornchurch can go top of the Ryman Premier with a four-goal victory over Lowestoft Town tomorrow but boss Jimmy McFarlane insists he would take a 1-0 win.

With the top two –Maidstone United and Dulwich Hamlet – in FA Trophy action, the Urchins can go top of the table on goal difference, but he is expecting a tough game in Suffolk.

McFarlane said: “I’m delighted with the league form at the moment, especially away.

“We’ve won six from seven on the road, but Lowestoft are a decent team, just like they were when we beat them in the play-off final to go up two seasons ago. It’s a hard place to go and get a win.”

Top scorer Stefan Payne is suspended, but McFarlane is confident the Urchins have enough firepower to claim three points in what is their first league game in almost a month.

George Purcell took his season’s tally to nine with a double against Bowers & Pitsea in the Essex Senior Cup on Tuesday and Carl Rook has also been in the goals.

Hornchurch are unbeaten in the Ryman Premier since defeat to Lewes on the first day of the season and the manager thinks now is the time for his team to start their promotion charge.

McFarlane is hoping his team can pick up where they left off in the last league game – a 5-1 win at Grays Athletic on October 5.

He said: “Now is the time when one team breaks away and puts together a run. We’re hoping it’s us and we’ve got the players to do it.

“Every game is massive from now until the end of the season, starting at Lowestoft.”

In the last month Hornchurch have crashed out of the FA Cup, FA Trophy and the League Cup, leaving their commitments confined to the Ryman Premier and Essex Senior Cup.

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