Jim wants home win before facing old club

PUBLISHED: 17:30 27 November 2015

Jimmy McFarlane of Hornchurch (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Jimmy McFarlane of Hornchurch (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch boss targets success against Haringey ahead of Thurrock trip

Hornchurch entertain Ryman North strugglers Haringey Borough at Bridge Avenue this weekend, but manager Jimmy McFarlane is taking nothing for granted.

Borough won promotion to the division after finishing as winners of the Essex Senior League last season.

But they have struggled to make an impact at the higher level and currently sit just one place above the relegation zone.

Urchins, meanwhile, have been relentless in their quest to return to the Ryman Premier at the first time of asking.

McFarlane’s men are currently on a five-game unbeaten run in the league, although they have drawn their last two games.

Despite the contrasting fortunes of the sides this year, McFarlane believes his Hornchurch team face a difficult task tomorrow (Saturday).

“Haringey seemed to have turned it around lately and have some real quality in their team,” said the Urchins boss.

“They have players like Ashley Taylor-Forbes and Leroy Griffiths who I know quite well, but as a club I don’t know too much about them.

“Haringey look like a team that should be doing much better than they are on paper and might be waiting to turn a corner.”

Tuesday night sees Hornchurch head out on the road as McFarlane enjoys a reunion with former club Thurrock.

During his playing career, McFarlane enjoyed a successful spell plying his trade for the Fleet, making over 600 appearances for the club.

And while the current Urchins boss admits he looks back fondly on his time at Ship Lane, he insists there will be no favours.

“They’re one of our biggest rivals for promotion this season so I won’t be sentimental when we go there,” he added.

“I’ve got fond memories because it was probably the best years of my playing career, but that’s over now. They’re a big rival of ours which is a bit surreal.

“Thurrock are a good team and it will be a good match with another in-form side. But I’ve been back there a few times as manager and I’m yet to be beaten!

“The pitch is good too and is one of the best in the division, it has been for years. Ours is getting there too, but it’s a work in progress at the minute.”

McFarlane will be hoping for another happy return to Ship Lane on Tuesday, but first he must worry about downing Haringey.

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