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Ryman North: Jimmy McFarlane expects Hornchurch to hit back at Ware, but it won't be easy

PUBLISHED: 21:00 10 March 2017

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane congratulates Leon McKenzie after his hat-trick at Heybridge Swifts (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane congratulates Leon McKenzie after his hat-trick at Heybridge Swifts (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Urchins travel to struggling Hertfordshire club looking to put pressure on fellow promotion rivals

Jimmy McFarlane is fully aware Hornchurch will not have it easy at Ware tomorrow (Saturday), but has full confidence his team will get back to winning ways in Ryman North.

Urchins suffered a setback last weekend, as they lost 2-1 to sixth-placed Cheshunt at Bridge Avenue, but they remain fourth ahead of taking on Anwar Uddin’s Ware.

“This is the type of game I will have sleepless nights about. Every match now is a cup final and I’m hoping last weekend was only a blip,” said McFarlane.

“I watched Ware on Tuesday night against Bury Town and they came from two goals down to draw 2-2.

“When you look at their team they have some excellent players. Dean Mason and Bradley Wood-Garness are top players and Darren Behcet is a great goalkeeper.

“It won’t be easy, but if we work hard then I believe we can get the three points, so we need to make sure we do that.”

McFarlane was disappointed with Hornchurch’s effort in defeat against the Ambers and expects a response from his players at Wodson Park, but knows Ware will be desperate to claim a positive result themselves.

The Blues are 20th, two spots and five points clear of the relegation zone, but winless since February 11.

McFarlane isn’t reading too much into their recent form, though, adding: “Somebody else said to me they have been on a losing run, but you need to look at their fixtures.

“They’ve played Brightlingsea twice, Maldon & Tiptree, as well as Bowers & Pitsea during that little spell. It is not like they are losing to struggling teams, it is top-five clubs, so I didn’t read much into their form. But I say it every week – it is all about us and what we do, so if we put the effort in we will get our reward.”

Hornchurch are nine points behind leaders Brightlingsea with eight games to go and the pair are set to do battle at North Road on April 1.

They will have been buoyed by Regent’s defeat to Thurrock last Saturday and four of the top five have dropped points in the past fortnight.

“With Maldon getting beaten (by Bury) and now Brightlingsea doing the same last weekend and Thurrock losing before that, everyone has dropped points,” said McFarlane.

“That only gives the sides below the top six a lift and teams at the top know we have to keep winning.”

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