Hornchurch hope to continue unbeaten streak at Hillians

PUBLISHED: 10:09 29 September 2018 | UPDATED: 10:09 29 September 2018

George Purcell of Hornchurch holds off East Grinstead's Ryan Johnson (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

George Purcell of Hornchurch holds off East Grinstead's Ryan Johnson (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane is excited about returning to Bostik League Premier Division action against Burgess Hill Town this weekend.

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane shouting instructions (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane shouting instructions (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

The Urchins make the trip to Leylands Park on Saturday as they look to extend a 10-game unbeaten run in all competitions this season.

The Hillians currently sit bottom of the table, with three draws and four losses but McFarlane admits he feels that is a false position.

“That’s our bread and butter and we just need to keep building on our start to the season,” McFarlane said.

“We’re 10 games unbeaten now so we will be going there to win the game. I’ve already got a report on them from the Hampton & Richmond Borough manager (Gary McCann) after they played them in the FA Cup on the weekend.”

Burgess Hill Town suffered a 3-0 defeat to Hampton in the second qualifying round of the competition, but the Urchins boss is still expecting a tough game.

“Their manager said they were a good side and if I’m honest I think they’re in a false position, so we know like every game in this league it’s going to be tough.

“I know five or six of their players and they’re all players who have played at a higher level, but we also have plenty of players that have as well.”

Despite being undefeated Hornchurch only have one win to their name in the league and six draws so far.

“That’s the improvement we’re now looking for, to start turning draws into wins,” added McFarlane said.

“I know we’re unbeaten but there has been games where we’ve had the opportunity to close games out and we haven’t.”

McFarlane is also backing his strikers to start punishing teams after netting plenty in recent weeks, adding: “Our forwards are now starting to find a bit of form, so hopefully they can keep scoring and we can get the three points.”

Urchins were drawn away to Hampton & Richmond Borough in the FA Cup third qualifying round (October 6) and McFarlane feels it’s one of the hardest ties they could have got.

“It’s a massive game. it could have been easier as I don’t think it could’ve been much harder as they’re a very strong side, but we’ll go there with no fears and play with freedom,” he said.


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