Urchins ‘can’t wait for season to start’
PUBLISHED: 17:00 17 July 2015
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Bridge Avenue boss discusses fixture release and recent friendly win against Ilford
Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane is even more excited for the new Ryman North season after the fixtures were released yesterday (Thursday).
Urchins start their campaign at home to Cray Wanderers, before visiting local rivals Romford on August 12.
McFarlane takes his team to Dereham after that and he is delighted to get that long trip out of the way early.
He said: “I’m glad to be at home and they are all going to be good games. I have got my appetite back and can’t wait for it all to start on August 8.
“It is nice to get the away match with Dereham out of the way early because you don’t want to be doing that when it is cold in January, so I’m very pleased about that one.”
Although happy to have one long trip completed early on, McFarlane doesn’t read a great deal into the opening fixtures of the new season.
He insists his side will not be taking anybody lightly in Ryman North after relegation last year.
“We take nothing for granted, people will say they have a hard start or an easy start, but you make it a good or bad start by the way you play,” added the Hornchurch boss.
“It will be nice to see what sort of crowd we get for that first game of the season, I’m really looking forward to that.”
Urchins played their first pre-season friendly last weekend against Essex Senior League outfit Ilford.
There appeared to be some confusion about the final result with some sections stating it ended 3-0 to Hornchurch and others saying 4-0.
McFarlane wasn’t too sure himself either, but conceded the main thing was improving their fitness ahead of the season.
He added: “Whether it was three or four it doesn’t really matter. I was just impressed with our fitness levels, the boys all looked fit and sharp and that is what these games are for. I let four trialists go after Saturday. They didn’t impress me, but lads like Jed Chouman and Leon Smith did well.”
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