McFarlane wants to keep on picking up maximum points

PUBLISHED: 17:00 16 February 2018

All smiles for double goalscorer George Purcell (Pic: Ray Lawrence/TGS Photo)

All smiles for double goalscorer George Purcell (Pic: Ray Lawrence/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane is keen to keep setting the pace at the top of the Bostik North ahead of their clash with AFC Sudbury.

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane enjoys a pre match hot drink (Pic: Ray Lawrence/TGS Photo)Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane enjoys a pre match hot drink (Pic: Ray Lawrence/TGS Photo)

Urchins make the long trip to The Wardale Williams Stadium on Saturday (3pm) as they look to make it five consecutive victories and get one step closer to sealing promotion to the Bostik Premier Division.

They currently lead the league by 13 points and McFarlane admits points are what matter and not how the team play.

“It’s just about results and picking up points,” McFarlane said.

“If we pick up points and play lovely on the eye, all be it, but if someone was to say to me now would you take a draw and a brilliant footballing performance or a win with a scrappy performance, I would take the scrappy one.”

McFarlane expects a tough test on the 4G pitch against Mark Morsley’s men and believes their manager is building a good squad.

“They were a very young side when we played them at home but I think what Mark is doing there is building for next season because I’ve noticed he’s added two or three experienced players from Leiston, Needham Market and Brightlingsea Regent.

“He’s brought in Phil Kelly, who is someone I’ve admired for a while, and it’s on the dreaded plastic so I’m expecting a very tough game to be fair.”

He also then went onto heap praise on Kelly, who has netted three times in five appearances for the Suffolk-based club, and pin-pointed the striker as their key player.

“Phil Kelly for me is someone we liked last year and the year before last when we against him.

“They’ve got some very good players and they’ve got a good squad full of youth and experience.

“As I say I’m expecting it to be very tough.”

The boss also admits they’re thin on the ground and will not be rotating the squad to cope with the 4G pitch.

“I haven’t got the privilege of being able to rotate, we’re working with 15 at the moment, but I’m not a fan of rotation I must admit,” McFarlane said.

“We’ve got a few knocks, we’ll know more closer to the match.

“I understand people need rest and things but we’re playing once a week at the minute and if you can’t play once a week at the level we’re at then something is wrong.”

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