It’s Worth it says Jimmy

PUBLISHED: 16:00 09 October 2015

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

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

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Bridge Avenue boss dreaming of reaching the first round of the FA Cup

Dave Collis scores the first goal for Hornchurch against Cray Wanderers (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Dave Collis scores the first goal for Hornchurch against Cray Wanderers (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane admits his side are within touching distance of the FA Cup first round, but must stay focused ahead of visiting Ryman South Worthing this weekend.

Urchins face the Rebels at Woodside Road in the third qualifying round of the competition tomorrow (Saturday) with the winners receiving £7,500 in prize money.

If the Bridge Avenue outfit can win this weekend they will only need to be victorious in one more fixture to reach the first round proper and McFarlane has discussed the competition.

He said: “Sometimes players don’t understand the importance of the FA Cup. It is crucial for confidence, finances and continuity.

“If we get past Worthing, who will provide us with a tough game because they have beaten some good teams, then we get a kind draw, we will be in the first round of the competition.

“A little acorn can grow into a big tree sometimes. We are within touching distance, but also a little bit away still.”

Hornchurch’s first task is to get past Worthing, who put out Thamesmead Town in the first qualifying round, but McFarlane knows what to expect from the opposition.

The money on offer is a huge incentive to the Urchins boss, but he is also pleased to give something back to the people that support the Bridge Avenue club.

He added: “I have spoken to Terry Spillane, the Thamesmead boss, so he sent me something over and we have had them watched.

“From what I hear they are quite similar to Cray Wanderers with the way they play, so hopefully it’s a similar sort of result to what we achieved on Tuesday night – a 2-0 win!

“Any amount of money is healthy for us, they always get me what I want like if I need another player because of injuries so this is a little bit of payback I guess because of the way the directors treat me and the players.

“It is also for the fans because we didn’t have a good season last year so to have an FA Cup run is deserved for them because they have been fantastic.”

Hornchurch also face Phoenix Sports again next Tuesday for the third match between the two sides in the space of two weeks.

“It is funny because every side is playing one another twice in the space of two weeks for some reason, but it certainly won’t be a game I take lightly,” added McFarlane.

“They have been very exciting the past two matches, but I think I would like a little bit less thrilling and more of a clean sheet game.”

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