McFarlane: Hornchurch braced for tough test

PUBLISHED: 17:00 17 November 2015

AFC Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

AFC Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Urchins boss knows it won’t be easy when Urchins visit Cheshunt tonight

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane hopes his team can keep their good away form going tonight when they visit Cheshunt in the Ryman North.

The Urchins have only dropped points once on the road this season and that came on their first travel this campaign as they lost 2-0 at local rivals Romford in August.

Since then, they have won their last seven away matches as they look to return to the Ryman Premier at the first time of asking following relegation last year.

Tonight is likely to be a tough match for Hornchurch with the Ambers having only lost once at home in all competitions this season and McFarlane is aware of the task facing his squad.

“It’s probably the hardest game we will face in the league so far. I watched Cheshunt recently and I was very impressed by them,” said McFarlane.

“We are still very confident about our chances though. We’re on the road again and we seem to perform better away from home this season, for whatever reason that is.”

The Urchins beat local rivals Barkingside 2-1 on Saturday for back-to-back wins in the league which enabled the Bridge Avenue club to move back to second in the standings.

Cray Wanderers currently lead the way in the Ryman North with Hornchurch seven points back, but crucially with four games in hand.

While McFarlane has his eyes set on chasing down the Wands, he knows the chasing pack behind the top two is full of quality, including tonight’s opponents.

“If we can match the results Cray get and win our games in hand, then we know at some point we will move ahead of them in the standings,” he added.

“Cray are the big spenders in this league, but just behind the top two you have the likes of Thurrock, Cheshunt and Sudbury who are all doing well.

“We have to make sure our only focus is on us. We just have to keep doing what we are doing and if we’re still around the top by Christmas, then we can push on.”

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