McFarlane: Players excited for Colchester United clash

PUBLISHED: 14:30 03 November 2015 | UPDATED: 15:48 03 November 2015

Jimmy McFarlane of Hornchurch (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Jimmy McFarlane of Hornchurch (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch boss says squad can’t wait for Essex Senior Cup tie

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane says he expects League One side Colchester United to field a strong team in their Essex Senior Cup match tonight.

The Urchins hope to progress past the the U’s in the fourth meeting between the sides in the competition, with the Football League club having won all three previous encounters including the final in 2010.

With a spot in the fourth round at stake, McFarlane hopes his players are up for the match and admits they are looking forward to stepping out at the Colchester Community Stadium.

“It will be a great opportunity for the boys and it’s a fantastic chance to play against full-time professionals,” said McFarlane.

“Colchester tend to field a strong side against us in this competition and I expect they will do so again with their youth team playing last night.”

With five divisions separating the two sides, the pressure is off Hornchurch this evening when they tackle Colchester.

McFarlane’s men have a good recent record of performing well in the underdog role, though, and the Urchins boss hopes that continues.

“It will be a bit like the Boreham Wood match in the FA Cup. No one expected us to win but we have a good account of ourselves,” he added.

“If we give a good account of ourselves again tonight, I’ll be happy.”

The Bridge Avenue club head into tonight’s cup clash following defeat in another knock-out competition as they crashed out of the FA Trophy following a 3-2 defeat at home to Ryman Premier side Metropolitan Police.

Charlie Collins put the visitors in front in the 22nd minute before Hornchurch levelled from the spot through George Purcell 16 minutes later.

Police regained the lead five minutes after half time when Adrian Markus struck but the Urchins equalised in the 73rd minute with Dave Collis the scorer.

The Met went ahead for a third time when Joe Turner netted 10 minutes from the end and this time there was to be no home equaliser.

McFarlane believes the display in the defeat was another brave one from his side but also thought they were hindered by the performance of the officials.

“It was a performance that warranted more but we were not helped by the referee. There were some contentious decisions which led to their goals.

“We had chances and scored two good goals but it’s frustrating to be beaten when you can’t do anything about it.”

Defeat allows Hornchurch to focus on their goal of returning to the Ryman Premier and McFarlane hopes they can do exactly that during the remainder of the campaign.

“Our season has always been about promotion. We had a nice run in the FA Cup, it would have been nice to have a run in the Trophy but we can get our heads down now and focus on the league.”

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