No Blues for the Urchins

PUBLISHED: 22:28 04 December 2015 | UPDATED: 22:28 04 December 2015

AFC Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

AFC Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch keen to bounce back after Thurrock defeat

Jimmy McFarlane may have a soft spot for Bury Town, but that will go out the window when Hornchurch host them at Bridge Avenue tomorrow (Saturday).

It is another pivotal match in Ryman North, with Urchins third in the table and the Blues just two places and six points behind them.

Both clubs, despite being relegated last year, have managed to regroup quickly and put together a tilt for the title this campaign.

And although McFarlane is fond of the Suffolk outfit, he is determined to see his team win three points this weekend after losing 2-1 to Thurrock on Tuesday night.

He said: “Bury are an adversary of ours. Whenever we seem to have a good season, they do too and when we struggle, so do they.

“It means most of our matches are important ones. The year we got promoted to the Conference South we beat them in the play-off semi-finals, so I have a soft spot for them.

“Bury are a nice club with lovely people, but I won’t be feeling that way on Saturday!

“They are sitting up there with us, so like every game in this division, we know it is going to be tough.”

Hornchurch would have been set for another difficult fixture on Tuesday as they were preparing to host Tilbury, who are sixth in the standings.

But that match has been postponed now due to the Dockers being in Essex Senior Cup action still – meaning they need to play their fourth-round clash with Braintree next week.

McFarlane added: “It is taking place on January 26 now. If we had played it, we would have been up for it, but I am not too disappointed because they are another team doing well.

“I’ll pick the boys up and remind them we are having a good season and hopefully we take that into Saturday’s match and can do well.”

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