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McFarlane hoping Hornchurch bounce back from Lowestoft disappointment against Thamesmead

PUBLISHED: 09:00 08 November 2013

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

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Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane described the 3-0 defeat at Lowestoft Town as his team's worst performance of the season.

It is the Urchins’ first Ryman Premier reverse since the opening day loss at home to Lewes but McFarlane is delighted they have a game against strugglers Thamesmead Town to get back on track.

He said: “If I were to hand pick one team to play after a performance like that, it would be Thamesmead. It’s a great opportunity to return to winning ways.

“I was very disappointed with the performance but every team has their off days. Thankfully, ours have been few and far between this season.”

Hornchurch were drawing 0-0 at half time but goals from Robert Eagle, Adam Smith and Sam Gaughran meant the Urchins missed out on the chance to go joint top of the league.

With the game goalless Hornchurch had chances to go in front through George Purcell, Joey May and Leigh Bremner but the second half capitulation leaves the Urchins fourth in the table, three points behind leaders Maidstone United.

McFarlane expects it to be a tight league and thinks the champions will be the team that have the least off days this season.

The manager said: “I’m not overly concerned about not going joint top - league titles have never been won in November.

“Winning the league is our aim and we believe we have the squad to do it.

“There’s a lot of football to be played yet and all teams will have ups and downs, everyone will suffer shocks. The team which suffers the least will be the ones who come out on top in May.”

Newly-promoted Thamesmead have won two games all season and are second bottom in the Ryman Premier and the Bridge Avenue outfit will be looking for three points against a team who have shipped 40 goals in 14 league games, scoring just 14.

New signing Dave Rainford made his debut in the defeat at Lowestoft, and McFarlane is delighted to have the experienced midfielder on board.

The 34-year-old left Conference South side Chemlsford City after five years and 220 games.

McFarlane said: “I’ve known Dave for a long time and he texted me saying he was looking for a move.

“I understand our offer was the lowest of those he received, but included some coaching which he’s been doing at Chelmsford and is something he really wants to get into.

“First of all he’s an excellent player but he’s also a good leader, and you can never have too many of those in a dressing room.”

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