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McFarlane keen for home comforts after string of away games

PUBLISHED: 16:00 23 November 2015

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

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

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Urchins boss pleased to get point at Brightlingsea, but wants win against ‘good Harlow side’ tomorrow

George Purcell of Hornchurch tries to find a way through at Brightlingsea (pic: Ray Lawrence/TGSPHOTO)George Purcell of Hornchurch tries to find a way through at Brightlingsea (pic: Ray Lawrence/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane believes that a 1-1 draw was a fair result away to Brightlingsea Regent in the Ryman North.

A stoppage time equaliser from Tobi Joseph ensured that the Urchins did not leave North Road empty handed.

Action from Hornchurch's trip to Brightlingsea Regent (pic: Ray Lawrence/TGS Photo)Action from Hornchurch's trip to Brightlingsea Regent (pic: Ray Lawrence/TGS Photo)

The Bridge Avenue boss admitted the hosts enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges, but his side deserved their final reward.

McFarlane replied: “To be perfectly honest and fair, I think a draw was probably a fair result.

Hornchurch's David Knight tries to block a pass at Brightlingsea (pic: Ray Lawrence/TGSPHOTO)Hornchurch's David Knight tries to block a pass at Brightlingsea (pic: Ray Lawrence/TGSPHOTO)

“They stated very brightly and are top of the form guide, but in the second half we had the wind and were camped in their half.

“Brightlingsea had an opportunity to score again, which they didn’t take, but then it was wave after wave from us and we got the point in the end.”

Hornchurch captain Elliot Styles is pushed wide by the defence of Brightlingsea (pic; Ray Lawrence/TGSPHOTO)Hornchurch captain Elliot Styles is pushed wide by the defence of Brightlingsea (pic; Ray Lawrence/TGSPHOTO)

The draw means that Hornchurch now sit six points behind the leaders Cray Wanderers with three games in hand.

McFarlane insisted that his side do not get ahead of themselves, looking instead for consistency throughout the rest of the campaign.

“We’re six behind Cray with three in hand but winning those is easier said than done,” admitted the Urchins manager.

“There are about five teams in a similar position and I expect someone will break away as it goes on.

“If we can average two points for the rest of the season then we will be there or thereabouts come the end.”

Hornchurch welcome Harlow Town to Bridge Avenue tomorrow (Tuesday) night, having played their last three league games away from home.

McFarlane admits home form has been an achilles heal for his side in recent times and expects a difficult game in spite of the respective league standings.

“It’s good for the fans to be back at Bridge Avenue but, for some reason, we play much better away from home and no-one really knows why! We have to find a way to put that right,” he added.

“It’s a good Harlow side that are having a tough time at the moment, but I do not expect it to be easy.”


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