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Ryman North: Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane admits he tried to re-sign Ade Yusuff before he joined Heybridge Swifts

PUBLISHED: 15:00 24 February 2017

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

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

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Urchins come up against their former frontman this weekend

Hornchurch come up against former striker Ade Yusuff this weekend when they visit Heybridge Swifts in the Ryman North and boss Jimmy McFarlane admits he tried to bring the forward back to Bridge Avenue this season.

Yusuff played for Urchins 10 times in 2013, netting twice, but a prolific spell with Chatham Town later earned the attacker a move to then-Football League club Dagenham & Redbridge.

The 25-year-old was released by Daggers in the summer and moved to Swifts in December, but McFarlane believes Yusuff will soon be playing at a higher level again.

“Nothing surprises me in football and I think it’s only because Ade is coming back from a long-term injury that he’s playing at this level,” said the Hornchurch boss.

“He’s someone who I’ve had at Hornchurch before and I tried to get him back on loan this season, but I was a day late as he’d already gone to Heybridge.

“Ade is someone who I’m sure will come good again, but I hope it’s Sunday onwards!”

Though Hornchurch are on the road this weekend, the trip to Scraley Road tomorrow (Saturday) looks a great chance for Urchins to grab another vital win in the title race.

Heybridge currently sit 19th, just eight points clear of the relegation zone, and have won just two of their last eight league games at home.

But McFarlane insists Urchins will not head into the game complacent, even if the statistics point to an away win.

“We won’t be taking anyone or any game lightly, and every match we have left is like a cup final now,” he added.

“Heybridge are still a decent side and I’ve been in that position before where you’re near the bottom and the luck just doesn’t seem to go for you at times.

“If you have a look at their squad, there is some good quality in it so we know it will be a tough match.”


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