Hornchurch’s Jim hopeful ahead of Sudbury battle

PUBLISHED: 16:00 15 January 2016

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane looks on (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane looks on (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Urchins make the trip to King’s Marsh for an exciting encounter on 3G surface

Hornchurch take on Ryman North leaders Sudbury this weekend and boss Jimmy McFarlane insists they will be looking to take all three points.

The Urchins manager watched the Suffolk club beat local rivals Romford 1-0 at Ship Lane on Wednesday and was impressed.

Hornchurch currently sit third in the standings, just seven points off the top, ahead of the exciting clash.

And McFarlane’s men generally fare well against their promotion rivals, winning home and away against Cray Wanderers.

Although they lost to Thurrock in December, they beat Cheshunt and drew with Harlow and Brightlingsea Regent to give themselves plenty of confidence ahead of the match.

McFarlane said: “Sudbury are a good side, I was impressed with them against Romford so I’m looking forward to it.

“It is two good teams, who both play attacking football so it has 0-0 written all over it!

“You can’t be top of the league in January without being a decent side, so it will be tough for us, but we have often raised it and done well against the top teams this season.

“I expect us to do the same again this weekend and I always sleep easier before the big games.”

Hornchurch will have to deal with playing on a 3G surface at Sudbury tomorrow (Saturday), but McFarlane believes it could be a positive.

Urchins defeated Worthing 4-1 in the FA Cup on an artificial surface and it is unlikely to affect them too much.

“The few times we have played on a 3G pitch before, at Maidstone United or at Worthing in the cup, we normally play well,” added McFarlane.

“I am looking forward to the match, it is two good teams and I am going there trying to win the game.

“Our players will be fine with the pitch – Dave Collis suffers a bit with his knee at times, but that is normally the next day and not during the match.

“Playing on the 3G surface shouldn’t affect my team selection at Sudbury this weekend.”

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