Urchins boss wary of Dulwich challenge

PUBLISHED: 09:00 30 August 2013

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Dulwich Hamlet are next up for Hornchurch tomorrow (Saturday) and boss Jimmy McFarlane knows his side have to be very wary of last season’s Ryman One South champions.

Gavin Rose’s side have enjoyed a fine start to life in the Ryman Premier and remain undefeated going into Saturday’s game with the Champion Hill outfit sitting in second place behind early pacesetters Kingstonian.

And having watched Hamlet in the opening week of the season, McFarlane believes his side are in for a tough day at the office.

“They are a very good side,” said McFarlane. “I watched them in the first week of the season and they have started the season very well.

“They have only dropped two points, one of them on Monday against Grays, but I’m not really surprised with how well they are doing at the moment because they have got a few quid over there. We know they are a strong side, but I will always back my side to get a result.”

And though McFarlane would like to add further to his Urchins squad, who sit in seventh place going into the game, he believes it’s the best side he has had since taking over the managerial reins at Bridge Avenue.

“The strength we have in the changing room is the best I have ever had at this club,” he added.

“Training is great and I always look forward to it. The spirit is great and all the boys are a privilege to work with and hopefully our good start will continue against Dulwich.

“I have been pleased with the number of chances we created at both games over the Bank Holiday weekend and hopefully we will carry that on against Dulwich.”

The Urchins played a friendly with Ryman One North side Redbridge on Tuesday, losing 3-2, where McFarlane gave minutes to new signing Sam Lechmere, Simon Glover, Tambeson Eyong and Phil Starkey, who has missed the last couple of games through injury.

He was also taking a look at a few trialists who have recently been released from professional clubs and admits he needed the opportunity to look at a few options.

“It gives people like Simon Glover and a few others some minutes under their belts to keep them ticking over,” he said.

“I’ll also use the opportunity to look at a few triallists. They are all young boys released by pro clubs so they are of a good standard.

“I do need the opportunity to look at a few options and see whether any of them would suit us, but we’ll wait and see.”

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