Ryman North: Hornchurch won't take match with relegation-threatened Wroxham for granted
PUBLISHED: 15:00 17 March 2017
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Urchins hope to boost play-off push with win, while Yachtsmen will be relegated with defeat
Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane insists his team will not be complacent when they host seemingly-doomed Wroxham in the Ryman North tomorrow (Saturday).
While Urchins head into the clash looking to bolster the play-off position, the Yachtsmen know a defeat would see them relegated.
Such a gulf in league standings could lead to members of the Hornchurch squad thinking the game was already won, but their boss knows that could be fatal at such a crucial time of the season.
“I’ve never been one to take any kind of game in this division for granted,” said McFarlane.
“I’d happily take a 1-0 win over Wroxham this weekend right now, and if we can win by more then that’s great.”
When Hornchurch made the long trip to Wroxham earlier in the season, they triumphed 3-2 with Leon McKenzie netting a brace.
The 32-year-old was also on target last weekend in a 2-0 win for Urchins away to Ware.
McFarlane will be hoping McKenzie can find the net once again on Saturday to boost the hosts’ chances of winning, as well as the forward’s own personal ambitions.
“Leon is chasing the golden boot, and it’s looking tight at the top of the standings in that race,” he added.
“Against Ware last weekend, he could have had four or five goals rather than just the one.
“Leon has been so good at finishing off the one-on-ones this season, but he had a bit of an off-day against Ware, though still managed to get one.”
Hornchurch head into the standings currently third in the table and appear on course for a home tie in the play-off semi-finals.
Last season, Urchins finished fifth which saw them play away in the semi-final, though it prove no issue as they beat Thurrock to reach the final.
But the Hornchurch boss says the reason why his team are slightly higher this year is because they have not slipped up as much against teams near the bottom, and expects that to continue against Wroxham.
“We know how important every game is and we finished fifth last season because we struggled against sides near the bottom,” said McFarlane.
“The reason why we’re a little higher at the minute this season is that we haven’t faltered as much against those kind of sides.”