McFarlane thrilled with squad at Bridge Avenue
PUBLISHED: 16:00 18 February 2016
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Urchins boss discusses signing Kieron St Aimie and Tambeson Eyong plus Ricky Freeman’s first goal for the club
Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane has admitted he loves having plenty of forward options after making two potentially crucial signing this week.
After bringing Ricky Freeman to the club from Phoenix Sports recently, Urchins have brought Tambeson Eyong and Kieron St Aimie back to Bridge Avenue.
The versatile Eyong isn’t a striker, but did spend four years with McFarlane before leaving at the end of the 2013/14 campaign.
He started in the 1-0 win at Tilbury alongside St Aimie, who is now playing in his third spell with Hornchurch.
The former Queens Park Rangers forward played 72 minutes at Chadfields before Freeman replaced him and scored the winner much to the delight of his manager.
“I know Ricky is a finisher because he scored five goals against us in three games,” said McFarlane.
“Somebody asked me a couple of weeks ago why I like so many forwards and in our promotion year I had five.
“The two, three or one that start the game lay the foundations and do all the graft then sometimes a fresh pair of legs and mind comes on and Ricky was only on the pitch two minutes on Saturday.
“It might have been his first touch the goal and it just shows he is a good finisher and he has taken all three points for us with. He is going to be a good signing for us.”
McFarlane went on to explain how the decision to bring Eyong back to Urchins was the easiest he has had to make all year.
The popular midfielder departed after Hornchurch’s Ryman Premier play-off defeat to Lowestoft in May 2014.
But has returned after Canvey Island decided to cancel his registration forms following a breach of club discipline.
“His best mate, Abs Thompson, plays for me and he rung me up last week and said Tam’s had a fall out at Canvey, would you be interested,” explained McFarlane.
“We had our problems me and Tam, but that was made better within weeks of what happened when he left and I was delighted to have him back.
“He is such a big player for me and something I was lacking a little bit in those areas - it showed on Saturday in his energy and desire to get around the park.
“Tam is a winner and bringing him back was the easiest decision I have had to make all year.”
Hornchurch’s capture of St Aimie gives them another option up front alongside George Purcell, David Knight, Leon McKenzie and Freeman.
During his first spell at the club in the 2010/11 campaign, the striker scored three goals in five appearances, but departed and Urchins finished 10th in the Ryman Premier - only four points off the play-offs.
McFarlane believes the experience of the 26-year-old will be vital as the current Ryman North season draws to a close.
He added: “Kieron has become a bit of a mate of mine as when I first took over, I brought him in on loan.
“I think we would have got in the play-offs in that first year had he stayed, but he decided to go full time.
“We stayed in touch and he had another spell with me which wasn’t very successful because he was coming back from injury.
“But he has been doing a few coaching sessions for me whilst still being at Welling and then rung me up and said ‘what are your plans’ and again it was a no-brainer.
“He has brought something different for us on Saturday. He isn’t fully match fit yet, but he has got bundles of experience and that will be invaluable in this run-in.”