Ryman North: Jimmy McFarlane wants Hornchurch to put disappointment of defeat behind them at Waltham Abbey
PUBLISHED: 16:00 07 April 2017
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Urchins lost at Brightlingsea Regent last time out, but need all three points this weekend
Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane expects his team to have forgotten about last weekend’s defeat away to Ryman North leaders Brightlingsea Regent by the time they take to the field at Waltham Abbey tomorrow (Saturday).
Urchins suffered their first loss in four games last weekend away to a Regent side who are now on the verge of winning the title.
The Bridge Avenue club remain third in the table, seven points clear of the team currently just outside the play-off places.
And McFarlane knows a victory away to the Abbots will help shore up their play-off spot, but is aware that Hornchurch have to move on from last weekend’s disappointment.
“I’ve said to the boys, I’m not one for shirking responsibility and having a grizzle and a holler. It’s not the time for that,” he said.
“We’re third in the league still, that’s the toughest game we’ve got out of the way, and we’ve just got
to get our heads up, move on, no sulking, no moping.
“When sides lose in play-off finals, nine times out of 10 next year they struggle, with the hangover, but we haven’t.
“It shows massive character from the boys and we’ve just got to go again. We’ve got another tough game Saturday, no easier, but we’ve got to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves down and go again.”
Hornchurch will also have to deal with a lengthy injury list that shows no signs of abating when they make the short trip to Capershots this weekend.
Kenzer Lee was the latest casualty, missing the trip to the Essex coast, but McFarlane remained in good spirits despite the long list, joking: “I’ve only got 36 injured!”
He added: “George Purcell needs match fitness, Kenzer went home from work early and deteriorated, Joey May is out for a year, Gary Cohen is fit now and needs minutes, Abs Thompson will be pushing next week if not the week after.
“Nathan Cooper is a massive loss at the moment and still two weeks away, Paul Goodacre won’t play again this season, Tobi Joseph goes in for another operation, so that’s not great, Leon had a chest infection but he’s back and fit.
“There have been so many, it’s been a tough year with injuries. I know everyone has got their hard luck stories, but no other club could’ve taken on board what we’ve had to take on board.
“When you consider we lost George, our leading goalscorer, and Paul long-term, it’s horrendous. Big players. You look back now and we’re sitting third and it’s all to play for, so we’ve not done too bad.”
Hornchurch will hope to get back on the winning trail this weekend to generate some momentum ahead of a likely play-off campaign.
And McFarlane will no doubt wish for better luck against Abbey, adding that is was just one of those days for Urchins last weekend.
“It’s gone, it’s done. If we hadn’t tried, I probably would’ve been a bit more critical. But little things, when it isn’t your day, we mishead it, they score, their player miskicks it, it goes out for a corner,” he said.
“If we’d miskicked it, it would’ve been a goal. That’s football. I’m not griping about that. Fair play to them. To achieve what they’ve achieved for such a small club is massive.”
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