Hornchurch defence pleases McFarlane

PUBLISHED: 12:30 22 November 2013

George Purcell scored the only goal of the game as Hornchurch beat Bognor Regis 1-0 at Bridge Avenue. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

George Purcell scored the only goal of the game as Hornchurch beat Bognor Regis 1-0 at Bridge Avenue. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

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Hornchurch travel to Kent tomorrow to face Maidstone United, the favourites to win the Ryman Premier according to the bookmakers, but they go to Kent in great spirits following two impressive performances.

Last Saturday they drew 0-0 with second-placed Kingstonian and on Tuesday night they defeated Bognor Regis Town 1-0 to take themselves to the Ryman summit.

And manager Jimmy McFarlane is eagerly anticipating the Maidstone clash.

“Two clean sheets against two of the highest goalscorers in the league, that puts us in good stead for Maidstone now,” said McFarlane.

“The good thing is we go there on the back of two good performances and on our day, I keep saying it, we don’t fear anyone but it is just getting that consistency.

“I am looking forward to it though. We’ll go there and try to get something.”

Urchins will be playing on the much talked about 3G pitch at the Gallagher Stadium and the Hornchurch manager admits he is not the biggest fan of the artificial turf. His team are familiar with the surface however as they train on it weekly.

“We know all about it but I’m not a fan of it,” said McFarlane.

“People say it is the exact same as grass. Well if it is the exact same as grass why do they send you a leaflet telling you what to wear and what not to wear.

“It isn’t a true bounce, if it is wet it is better but if it dry it can kick back.

“I remember we went there in pre-season last year and Joe Anderson hit a great 60-yard ball into the path of someone running onto it, and as it bounced in front of him it bounced back.”

Hornchurch also face Maldon & Tiptree on Tuesday in the Essex Senior Cup and it could see the return of prolific forward Martin Tuohy, should he come through a reserve match this weekend.

As holders, McFarlane is certainly taking the competition seriously, adding: “I certainly won’t be taking it easy, especially against Maldon.

“It is important because it is such a nice cup, nice occasion and last year it lifted everyone after relegation.

“Tuohy will join the reserves Saturday and may have a little shout for a cameo next Tuesday.”

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