McFarlane looking for another victory

PUBLISHED: 12:30 02 January 2015

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

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

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Urchins boss discusses Boxing Day loss to rivals

Junior Luke was on target for Hornchurch against Grays (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Junior Luke was on target for Hornchurch against Grays (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch welcome Leatherhead to Bridge Avenue tomorrow (Saturday) and manager Jimmy McFarlane believes the Tanners are similar to his side, just richer!

The Surrey outfit have been inconsistent in recent weeks and registered three defeats, two victories and one draw during December.

Urchins hosted Grays Athletic yesterday and beat their rivals 2-0, whilst Leatherhead lost 4-1 to Dulwich Hamlet.

And McFarlane is looking for his team to start winning consistenty, after registering one victory last month.

He said: “Leatherhead are an inconsistent team. They are like a richer version of us, because just when you think they have turned the corner, they lose a couple of games again.

“What we need to do is prepare right for the match and make sure we turn up.”

Hornchurch were beaten 2-1 at Fetcham Grove earlier in the campaign, a defeat McFarlane felt was harsh on his side.

Carl Rook came back to haunt Urchins that day, scoring after four minutes.

And McFarlane hopes he isn’t celebrating this time around.

“I like ‘Rooky’ and I’ve got a lot of time for him,” he added.

“He was very good for us in both spells here and he is a good character as well.

“I just hope he isn’t laughing and joking afterwards at 5pm.

“He did score against us last time, but was miles offside so hopefully he doesn’t this time!”

Hornchurch suffered a defeat at local rivals Billericay Town on Boxing Day, but it was their first league loss in a run of six matches.

Teddy Nesbitt opened the scoring at New Lodge, before Rowan Liburd doubled Billericay’s advantage.

Junior Luke reduced the arrears in the 67th minute, but Richard Halle replied soon after to seal a 3-1 win and give Hornchurch and McFarlane the Boxing Day Blues.

Although unhappy with the result and performance, some positives were taken from the defeat at New Lodge.

“As a manager you always have to look for positives in defeat,” added McFarlane.

“The positives were the performances of the three substitutes – Junior Luke, Thomas Gogo and Tobi Joseph.

“They all did really well when they came on.

“Junior has missed a lot of the season, and so has Tobi, but both are getting up to full speed now and that is a positive.”

McFarlane was frustrated Urchins conceded so soon after Luke had halved the deficit against Billericay.

He added: “If we had kept a clean sheet for an extra 10 minutes at 2-1 it would have made an interesting finale.

“We haven’t conceded many sloppy goals over the past month so I’ve been pleased, but we did against Billericay. I’m hoping it is just a blip.”

McFarlane also confirmed forward Michael Malcolm has left Bridge Avenue and moved to Conference South side Whitehawk, after scoring five goals in 11 appearances.

“Michael has just been offered bigger money which we can’t compete with. It is disappointing,” added McFarlane.

The Hornchurch boss has boosted his squad by signing a young forward on loan from Colchester United.

“We have brought in a boy from Colchester called Dominic Smith,” revealed McFarlane.

“He has played in the football league this season and has been with Crewe Alexandra before.”

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