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McFarlane says Urchins are not too far from ending run

PUBLISHED: 14:00 16 November 2018

Leon McKenzie of Hornchurch scores the first goal for his team and celebrates during Brightlingsea Regent vs AFC Hornchurch, Buildbase FA Trophy Football at North Road on 10th November 2018

Leon McKenzie of Hornchurch scores the first goal for his team and celebrates during Brightlingsea Regent vs AFC Hornchurch, Buildbase FA Trophy Football at North Road on 10th November 2018

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Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane says his side are not a million miles away from breaking their bad run of form in recent weeks.

Leon McKenzie of Hornchurch protests a decision during Brightlingsea Regent vs AFC Hornchurch, Buildbase FA Trophy Football at North Road on 10th November 2018Leon McKenzie of Hornchurch protests a decision during Brightlingsea Regent vs AFC Hornchurch, Buildbase FA Trophy Football at North Road on 10th November 2018

The Urchins will host in-form Worthing on Saturday at Bridge Avenue as they look to turn their fortunes around.

They go into the match having only won two out of their last ten fixtures in all competitions and only one point in their last five Bostik Premier Division clashes.

“We’re not a million miles away, if you look at the last couple of months the only side that gave us a thumping was Lewes,” McFarlane said.

“We’ve had so many good performances against the likes of Tonbridge and the better sides.

“But we do need to put it right and put it right quickly.”

The boss knows how tough the task will be as Worthing have only lost once in the league so far this campaign after 12 games.

“They’ve only been beat once, they’re the form guys, so it couldn’t be a tougher game.

“If you’re going to turn the corner then you have to beat whoever you play against and that includes Worthing.

“We certainly will not be going into it underestimating them as we’re not that naïve but we will be thinking we can get something from the game.

“Sometimes it’s the toughest ones where you turn the corner.”

Although, he says his side must stop leaking goals if they want to be successful, and he also revealed they’ve been searching for a defender but had no luck so far.

“If you look at last year we managed 27 odd clean sheets and at the moment we can’t buy a clean sheet but it’s because it’s a better league.

“We’ve been trying to bring people in for the last four or five weeks, but money dictates a lot of it, or people just don’t want to leave their club as they’re comfortable.

“It’s a tough time to try get someone as the season has only just started and people are still trying to find their feet.

“It’s not for the want of trying, I’ve been in contact with managers from the Conference to try bringing someone in, but it’s a funny time of year.”

He did pick out striker Leon McKenzie as a huge positive in recent weeks as he has moved into the starting line-up in place of former Maidenhead United forward Sean Marks.

“His performances have been excellent, he’s keeping Sean Marks, who is a very good player out of the side and that’s what you want.

“That’s one of the positives at the moment is that Leon has stepped up to the mark and he’s in the side on merit.”

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