Jim: Pressure could weigh Hornchurch down

PUBLISHED: 17:00 16 October 2015

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Urchins boss ready to keep good run going at Wroxham

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane says the biggest weight on his team at the moment is the expectations of others ahead of their clash at Wroxham.

The Urchins warmed up for their trip to Norfolk with a 1-0 win at home to Phoenix Sports on Tuesday thanks to Tobi Joseph’s 12th goal of the season.

With that result, the Bridge Avenue club moved to within six points of Ryman North leaders Cray Wanderers with two games in hand.

It was also Hornchurch’s sixth win in their last seven league matches, a run which McFarlane believes has heightened others’ expectations of his team.

“The biggest problem for us at the moment is the pressure of winning matches,” he said.

“As a team we don’t fear anyone and we’ve had two big wins in our last two matches, beating Cray and Worthing in the FA Cup.

“We’ve shown we can do it, but we are aware that anyone in this division is capable of beating one another.”

Urchins are set to welcome back captain Elliot Styles for the trip to face the Yachtsmen after he missed the midweek victory over Phoenix with flu.

George Purcell wore the armband in Styles’ absence and McFarlane was pleased with the striker’s leadership.

“Some people might think it’s a funny choice, but George really takes it on board when he’s named captain,” added McFarlane. “He responds well to the responsbility plus it makes him a bit happier with the referees!”

“Elliot has been suffering with the flu for a bit, but he got through the Cray and Worthing games despite feeling weak. He’ll be back for Wroxham.”

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