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Urchins McFarlane keen to go on a long FA Trophy run

PUBLISHED: 14:00 26 October 2018

Alex Bentley of Hornchurch during AFC Hornchurch vs Tonbridge Angels, Bostik League Premier Division Football at Hornchurch Stadium on 20th October 2018

Alex Bentley of Hornchurch during AFC Hornchurch vs Tonbridge Angels, Bostik League Premier Division Football at Hornchurch Stadium on 20th October 2018

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Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane is looking to have a long run in the FA Trophy as he bids to dig his side out of a bad run of form.

Injury concern for Lewwis Spence of Hornchurch during AFC Hornchurch vs Tonbridge Angels, Bostik League Premier Division Football at Hornchurch Stadium on 20th October 2018Injury concern for Lewwis Spence of Hornchurch during AFC Hornchurch vs Tonbridge Angels, Bostik League Premier Division Football at Hornchurch Stadium on 20th October 2018

The Urchins welcome Bostik South East side Ramsgate to Bridge Avenue on Saturday for their first qualifying round tie as they look to bounce back from five consecutive defeats.

And boss McFarlane has dubbed the Trophy the biggest winnable cup competition available to his side this season.

“The FA Trophy is the biggest cup competitions we can win, without being deemed as a pessimist because I’m not, but I am a realist we’re never going to win the FA Cup.

“The Trophy we can have a run in, but I do think the rules are unfair nowadays as most National League sides are full-time, and it was originally the amateur cup.

“But it’s another good competition that I will be taking serious and hopefully it can be the turning points in our fortunes and our mini dip.”

The Urchins go into the tie as favourites and McFarlane feels that sometimes can be a disadvantage.

“Sometimes that don’t help being the favourites, but we’ve been favourites in the first two FA Cup games and won both of them, so we’ll be alright.

“We’ve had a mini blip and a horrendous injury run as well.

“Every time we get one back we lose another, but every side has to deal with that, so we’ll do that and carry on chugging away.”

He knows it will not an easy match but is backing his side to turn their fortunes around starting this weekend.

“It won’t be easy, no easy are easy, but as I say this team is plenty good enough to turn this around,” McFarlane admitted.

“It’s the same team that done well in the FA Cup and won them league games a few weeks back, Saturday I thought we played some really nice stuff, but when things are going wrong it’s easy to pick out the weaknesses.

“We have got to keep positive as against Folkestone and Burgess Hill we played some brilliant football, some of the best I’ve seen from a side of mine, so i’m not overly concerned but the sooner we get out of it the better.

“I don’t want any more grey hairs.”

Hornchurch then return to league action as they host Merstham at Bridge Avenue on Tuesday evening.

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