Urchins boss Jim hoping to provide home comforts

PUBLISHED: 09:00 26 September 2014

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane hoping for home success (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane hoping for home success (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Hornchurch looking to get first win at Bridge Avenue

George Purcell has five goals in five games (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)George Purcell has five goals in five games (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane would love to give everyone associated with the club something to cheer about this weekend, by delivering a first win of the season at Bridge Avenue.

Urchins picked up only their second victory of the Ryman Premier Division campaign on Tuesday night, away at Harrow Borough.

And McFarlane now wants to secure a first win at home and has the perfect opportunity, starting against Hampton & Richmond Borough tomorrow (Saturday) before Hendon visit on Tuesday.

“It would be lovely for everyone at the club, the chairman, the fans and everyone if we could get that win,” said McFarlane.

“Even for myself because I’d love to get a win. We have only had one league game at the Bridge and it was against Margate and we deserved the three points.

“If we can continue that form we will get wins and it is all starting to fall into place.”

Hornchurch have already played several of their stronger opponents this season and McFarlane believes his men have matched them.

One thing that had been lacking was confidence, but now that is flowing McFarlane hopes his side can start moving up the table, adding: “We have played Maidstone, Margate, Dulwich, Kingstonian and the likes of Leiston.

“We have played all the big teams and the results haven’t reflected the performances, but we can’t blame anyone else for the results because it was our silly mistakes.

“It was always going to change sooner rather than later and the confidence is coming again now.

“We are not the finished article and we keep chopping and changing, but we don’t need wholesale changes.”

Hornchurch’s confidence was boosted on Tuesday when a double from George Purcell, and an own goal from Michael Peacock, helped secure a 3-0 win over Harrow.

Urchins had been beaten 2-0 by Dulwich at the weekend, but McFarlane feels there are plenty of positives now for his team to build on.

He added: “Take penalties out of the equation at East Thurrock (an FA Cup defeat) and we have only lost one out of five, so we are moving in the right direction.

“Purcell is flying again now as well and he looks like he is going to score all time.

“It was fantastic to win against Harrow, but it has been coming for a while. We didn’t do much different except cut out the silly goals we’ve conceded.

“We got an early goal as well and that made all the difference for us and for the first time this season we had a bit of luck go our way.”

Youngster Thomas Gogo made his debut against Dulwich and impressed McFarlane, but fellow new signing Leon McKenzie suffered possible ligament damage during the defeat at Champion Hill.

“We will find out the full extent of Leon’s injury on Monday,” said McFarlane. “We don’t think it is as bad as we initially feared, so fingers crossed for that.

“Against Dulwich we were the better side for about three quarters of the game. We deserved more because it was just a sloppy first goal and then an even sloppier one in the second half. But it was a great debut for Thomas – he was the best player on the pitch.”

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