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McFarlane expecting reaction against Canvey

PUBLISHED: 14:30 10 March 2015

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

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

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Urchins receive boost as Reece Beckles-Richards comes back to Bridge Avenue

Hornchurch forward Reece Beckles-Richards lifts the ball over the Bury Town keeper to give Urchins the lead, one of five goals he scored during his loan back in October (pic: Ray Lawrence/TGSPHOTO).Hornchurch forward Reece Beckles-Richards lifts the ball over the Bury Town keeper to give Urchins the lead, one of five goals he scored during his loan back in October (pic: Ray Lawrence/TGSPHOTO).

Jimmy McFarlane wants Hornchurch to hit back this evening when they host rivals Canvey Island in the Ryman Premier and they have received a timely boost before the match.

Urchins were beaten 2-1 at Witham Town on Saturday to drop to 23rd in the table and make their task of staying in the league a whole lot harder.

Celebrations following Reece Beckles-Richards opener for Hornchurch (pic: Ray Lawrence/TGSPHOTO).Celebrations following Reece Beckles-Richards opener for Hornchurch (pic: Ray Lawrence/TGSPHOTO).

Now they entertain Canvey at Bridge Avenue and McFarlane has warned he will expect his players to deliver a performance after such a disappointing afternoon at Spa Road last weekend.

He should have Reece Beckles-Richards available, though, after the club confirmed on their forum that he had signed from Woking until the end of the season after a successful month’s loan earlier in the campaign.

Hornchurch striker George Purcell (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)Hornchurch striker George Purcell (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

McFarlane, speaking before that signing was revealed, said: “I want a reaction. I said a few words after the Witham match and I want to see how they react to it.

“They need to react. Canvey will go into it with no pressure and no worry of relegation and we go into it with pressure and from our own making.

“I have made mistakes this year so I am under pressure, but we can’t feel sorry for ourselves and we need to react.

“In this league anyone can beat anyone but it is about goals and we can’t keep relying on the same man to keep scoring.”

George Purcell has been the man finding the net for Hornchurch this campaign, but his penalty at the weekend wasn’t enough to deliver a win.

Attackers Martin Tuohy, Kieron Bishop, Tobi Joseph and Nnamdi Nwachuku haven’t been able to match Purcell’s scoring rate and that has contributed to many games where missed chances have cost Urchins.

The Bridge Avenue outfit will look to their last meeting with Canvey for inspiration, though, as they recorded a 3-0 win against them back in October.

Beckles-Richards scored twice that day, and netted five times overall during his month with Urchins back in October.

“It would be great to replicate that display,” added McFarlane when discussing the previous encounter earlier in the season.

“It was our best 90-minute performance of the season because we were on the front foot for all of the game and we need to be near to that because Canvey are a good team.”

The signing of Beckles-Richards gives Hornchurch a massive boost ahead of this evening’s clash and McFarlane will hope it helps them get back to winning ways.


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