Hornchurch want to get joy at the Rovers
PUBLISHED: 16:00 24 December 2015
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McFarlane says Urchins can't afford to let level drop at Great Wakering
Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane insists the team have enough in them to beat Great Wakering Rovers, as long as they play to their ability.
Urchins have Boxing Day off before a trip to Burroughs Park on Monday for the Ryman North clash with Rovers.
The Bridge Avenue club’s form in recent weeks has been patchy at best, having not won two games consecutively since the middle of November,
Crucially, though, Hornchurch have not been on too many losing runs either, earning a point at Thamesmead Town on Monday having beaten Waltham Abbey last weekend.
But McFarlane believes that Urchins will have to be at their best if they are to make it three games unbeaten at Rovers.
“Teams in a similar position to Great Wakering seem to raise their game against the likes of us, Cray or Thurrock because there is no pressure,” said McFarlane.
“That’s something we have to contend with again against a good, young team that Great Wakering will put out.
“I have no worries about our chances if we play to our ability, but we have to start being more consistent in how we play.”
Earlier in the season, McFarlane set his Hornchurch team an aim of being involved near the top of the table by Christmas.
The team have achieved that and head into the festive period in third place, seven points behind leaders Cray Wanderers.
And while McFarlane is pleased that Urchins have lived up to the challenge set, he has now thrown down another gauntlet.
“I’m almost happy! Like most managers I can still see that there is room for improvement in our performances,” he added.
“We need to replace Tobi Joseph’s goals and we need to increase our squad as we only had four players on the bench at Thamesmead.
“I’ll be happy if we are still knocking about in second or third place in six weeks’ time when it starts to get interesting.”
A victory at Burroughs Park on Monday would be the perfect way for Hornchurch to kick start that next run of games going into the new year.