McFarlane expects attacking match at Cray

PUBLISHED: 15:00 06 October 2015

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

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

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Hornchurch boss says both teams have exciting frontmen ahead of league clash

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane believes this evening’s trip to Ryman North leaders Cray Wanderers could be a high-scoring thriller.

The Urchins are currently third in the standings, six points behind the Wands with Sudbury splitting the two sides.

But with the top of the table clash coming so early in the season, McFarlane says the early exchanges at Hayes Lane tonight are likely to be tight.

“I reckon it will be a cagey affair and one that neither team will want to lose,” said McFarlane.

“Both teams have top quality goalscorers so we’re not going to go there and try to defend when we have the likes of George Purcell and David Knight.

“We’re both up there as the top scorers in this league so it’ll go one way or the other tonight. It’ll either be 10 all or 0-0!”

Hornchurch enter the match off the back of a 1-0 friendly loss against West Ham United under-21s at the weekend after receiving a bye in the FA Trophy.

Alex Pike scored the winner for the visitors, who included the likes of Elliot Lee and Martin Samuelsen in their squad for the match at Bridge Avenue.

Despite the result, McFarlane was delighted with what his team managed to get out of the friendly.

“We were more than a match for them,” he added. “We created a lot of chances and it was good for some of the boys who had had a dip in form as they came through well.

“It was 100 per cent a worthwhile exercise and I thought it was a good game of football to watch too.

“It was great to give minutes to some players as playing is the best way to boost match fitness and I’d like to thank West Ham for coming.”

Calvin Poku and Tobi Joseph impressed up top for the Urchins while others turned in solid displays, leaving McFarlane with a couple of queries about his starting XI against Cray.

“I do have a few headaches now but it’s the kind you want. I’ve had it in the past where I’ve had to try and fit square pegs into round holes.”

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