McFarlane has scouting trip

PUBLISHED: 15:00 13 January 2016

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

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

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Urchins boss will be at Ship Lane this evening to watch Romford take on AFC Sudbury

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane is looking forward to taking a closer look at the leaders of the Ryman North tonight.

AFC Sudbury sit top of the pile at the moment and play Urchins local rivals Romford at Ship Lane this evening.

McFarlane’s men face the Yellows after that on Saturday and he is using tonight as a perfect opportunity to scout the current pace setters.

A pitch inspection was expected at Ship Lane, but it seems the match will almost definitely be on now.

He said: “I will be there if it is on. With the sun out like it is I would be disappointed if it didn’t survive.

“I saw Sudbury’s second game of the season against Dereham, but it will be good to see them tonight. I am looking forward to it.”

Hornchurch were without a game last weekend and haven’t played since beating Witham Town 2-0 on January 2.

Urchins were in for training on Saturday, though, despite the weather causing havoc all over the country.

The Bridge Avenue club didn’t have any problems finding a facility to keep their players ticking over.

McFarlane added: “We trained on Saturday afternoon. I did see a couple of games that I thought about watching, but once Maldon & Tiptree’s match with Sudbury was off, I just did training.

“We trained at West Ham’s ground at Chadwell Health. For a club of our level to have that facility available too us is unbelievable.

“When I speak to managers of other clubs talking about how they have to use small patches of grass behind their ground it makes me very thankful that we can use West Ham’s place.

“One of the coaches that works with me is good friends with West Ham’s owner, David Sullivan, so he sorted it out a while ago.”

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