McFarlane hopes to sink Dockers

PUBLISHED: 16:00 26 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 manager reflects on win over Soham Town Rangers and another home fixture this evening

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane is friends with Tilbury manager Gary Henty, but won’t be doing him any favours tonight (Tuesday).

The pair should meet at Bridge Avenue this evening for a Ryman North clash that looks easy on the eye for the neutral.

Urchins are second in the table having scored 67 times in the division while the Dockers are seventh and have found the net on 61 occasions.

If the rain can hold off then a cracker of a match should take place between the two teams and they both come into the contest in great form.

McFarlane said: “I have been working in Loughton and it has been chucking it down. I hear it is going to get worst at about 5 so we will have to see if it is on. Our pitch does drain well, but I will be keeping my fingers crossed.

“People keep saying Tilbury are the surprise package this season, but they have some very good players.

“They have people like Danny Glozier and Matt Game, who have been in the Conference South so they aren’t a team of nobodies.

“I know Gary quite well and I am pleased he is having a good year with them, but hopefully we can ruin that tonight.”

Hornchurch go into the encounter after earning a 2-1 success against Soham Town Rangers last weekend.

George Purcell put them ahead at Bridge Avenue early on to become Urchins record goalscorer alongside Alan Noonan with 94 strikes for the club.

But the visitors equalised in the 33rd minute through Craig Hammond and were frustrating the hosts.

A change after the break, however, helped inspire Hornchurch to success as Junior Luke scored a deflected winner.

McFarlane added: “It wasn’t our best performance and I was chatting to one of our supporters in the bar after the game who goes home and away. He said ‘why do we play unbelievable well away from home, but not at the Bridge?’

“We definitely didn’t play as well as we did at Sudbury recently. We were always comfortable and we didn’t look like losing the game in the first half, but didn’t look like winning it either. We changed things at half time and the second was a lot better.

“It is the results that count at this stage of the season and to be honest I was surprised by Soham’s league position because they were a decent side.”

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