Urchins can ‘hurt’ Leatherhead

PUBLISHED: 13:30 03 March 2015

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Jimmy McFarlane has seen where Hornchurch can get success against Tanners this evening

The form team in the Ryman Premier come to Bridge Avenue this evening, but Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane believes his side can get joy against high-flying Leatherhead.

Tanners are unbeaten in their last six matches – winning five of them to put themselves top of the form guide and move up to 11th in the league standings

Urchins are sixth in the form list with four victories from their last six league fixtures and McFarlane is confident about their chances tonight.

“It is going to be a tough one because they are top of the form guide and I don’t think they have lost in six matches,” he admitted.

“I don’t think there will be as many goals against Leatherhead as they was on Saturday against Bury Town (4-1 win), but I wouldn’t mind if there was.

“But if you offered me 1-0 now I would take it!

“I watched Leatherhead last Wednesday against Bury and they are a really good side with lots of pace up front, but I did see a few glimmers of hope where we can hurt them and get goals.”

Hornchurch will be in buoyant mood after thrashing relegation rivals Bury 4-1 on Saturday following a brace from George Purcell and goals from Kieron Bishop and Nnamdi Nwachuku.

McFarlane admits the team talk this evening will be the same as it was at Ram Meadow and wants that performance replicated tonight.

Urchins manager also stressed how important it was for everyone to remain patient and not get too anxious if Hornchurch haven’t scored early against Tanners.

“The team talk will be the same and if we reach the heights of Saturday we will get more points than not between now and the end of the season,” McFarlane added.

“We have got to be patient. We have won the game inside 20 minutes on Saturday, but that is not always going to happen.

“You need to stay in the game and our fitness has been excellent this season. We have scored so many late goals this year and that could be important tonight and come the rest of the season.”

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