Ryman North: Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane wants long journey to Wroxham to be worthwhile

PUBLISHED: 14:00 16 December 2016

George Purcell goes close to a goal for Hornchurch against Witham (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

George Purcell goes close to a goal for Hornchurch against Witham (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Urchins visit Trafford Park tomorrow, but Arsenal legend Ray Parlour will be at Bridge Avenue this evening

Jimmy McFarlane hopes Hornchurch can make the long journey back from Wroxham a rewarding one by picking up three Ryman North points tomorrow (Saturday).

Urchins head to Norfolk for their penultimate game before Christmas to take on a side struggling at the bottom of the table.

But Hornchurch’s manager is frustrated by his team’s inability to convert the numerous good chances they are creating.

“Thank God it is on a Saturday. It is a long, old journey if you don’t get anything from the game,” said McFarlane.

“I’ll be positive because we are creating chances, although I’m frustrated, so I do think we need to strengthen there.

“I have strengthened quite a bit lately, but I’ll keep tinkering until I think we’ve got it right and that will definitely happen.”

Hornchurch can look to their results against Wroxham last season for encouragement before this weekend’s meeting.

Urchins won 4-0 at Trafford Park and claimed a 3-0 success at Bridge Avenue with all-time leading goalscorer George Purcell netting five times.

But McFarlane added: “I would take a 1-0 right now! You don’t get any more points if you win by three or four. It would be nice to get that type of result, but if somebody offered me 1-0 I’d take it.”

Hornchurch are set to host ‘An Evening with Ray Parlour’ at Bridge Avenue tonight (Friday), with the event starting at 8pm and tickets priced at £20 and the doors opening at 6pm.

The Arsenal legend, originally from Romford, will be sharing some memories from his playing days at the Ryman North club this evening.

McFarlane added: “I’m going to try to talk him into playing for us! It should be a really good night. He is brilliant on TalkSport, although he did make a mistake the other week.

“I think he said Billericay is the nearest club to where he lives and that they got relegated last year, so he got it majorly wrong.

“Nobody rung in and I didn’t want to tell him, but perhaps I’ll tell him about that on the night!”

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