Poor start isn’t a concern for Urchins boss Jimmy

PUBLISHED: 13:30 22 August 2014

AFC Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

AFC Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Hornchurch may have just one point from their first four Ryman Premier fixtures, but manager Jimmy McFarlane isn’t worried going into Bank Holiday fixtures against Leatherhead and Grays.

It has been a far from ideal start results wise for the Urchins as they look to bounce back from last season’s play-off final heartbreak.

But although disappointed with the points tally so far, McFarlane feels his side’s performances have merited a better return.

“We didn’t deserve anything at East Thurrock but the performances at Lewes, Kingstonian and Leiston have been altogether 
different and we’ve played well with no reward,” said McFarlane.

“There’s been three common factors in all the games – there have been individual errors, we haven’t taken our chances and the standard of refereeing has been poor.

“I’m disappointed we haven’t got more to show for our efforts, but I’m not too concerned beacuse the performances have been good.”

And though it is a relatively new group of players at Hornchurch this season, McFarlane admits now is the time he starts learning if he has the right characters on board.

“In my playing days we went through a run of 16 games without a win at Thurrock in the Conference South,” he added.

“I’m a strong character but I’d be lying if bad thoughts don’t cross your mind, especially if you concede early on.

“But it’s a relatively new side and we have all got to learn about each other and the strengths and weaknesses.”

Two late goals at Leiston on Tuesday made the 4-0 loss look a lot worse than it actually was in McFarlane’s eyes, as Urchins created plenty of chances, but couldn’t find a way past goalkeeper Danny Gay.

“Their goalkeeper was given the man of the match award so that tells you the story,” he added.

“Martin Tuohy is a proven goalscorer at this level, but he is not taking the chances at the moment. I’am not too concerned because at least we are creating chances.”

McFarlane travelled to watch Leatherhead in action in their 2-1 home loss to Kingstonian on Wednesday.

And despite the Tanners’ first defeat of the season, McFarlane admits they have got plenty of 
forward power, including former Urchins striker Carl Rook.

“I went to watch them and they were very impressive if I am being honest,” he added.

“They have got a lot of power up front and in Carl Rook we know they have someone who can score plenty of goals.”

And while Aveley-based Grays have failed to win yet, form goes out of the window in local derbies.

“We’ve just got to stop making individual errors,” continued McFarlane.

“Form doesn’t count for anything in local derbies. It’s about who wants it more.”

Tobi Joseph is set to make his return from injury tomorrow, but midfielder Joey May remains out with an ankle injury.


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