Hornchurch keen to keep survival hopes alive

PUBLISHED: 16:00 10 April 2015 | UPDATED: 17:43 10 April 2015

AFC Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

AFC Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Urchins could be relegated this weekend

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane believes his team will be boosted in their clash with Enfield Town by their late equaliser at home to Billericay Town on Monday.

George Purcell struck in the final minute of stoppage time to seal a point that could prove crucial in the Urchins’ bid to avoid the drop.

And McFarlane believes the manner of the result can help the team overcome Enfield on Saturday.

“We’ll take confidence from the Billericay game. It stopped a rot. We won’t give up, but I’ll admit it has been a poor season,” said the Hornchurch chief.

“We’ve been unlucky with injuries, but everyone has their hard luck stories. The lads are still in as good a mood as you could hope for. They need to play like they did against Billericay.”

There is a slim possibility that the Bridge Avenue club could be relegated to the Ryman North this weekend should they lose to Enfield Town.

If they do and Hampton & Richmond Borough, Tonbridge Angels, Harrow Borough and Peacehaven & Telscombe all win the Urchins would be 11 points adrift with just nine available.

But McFarlane insists the team have not given up hope of remaining in the seventh tier of English football.

“There is pressure on us, but we’ve got an experienced group of players. It hurts them where we are, not as much as it hurts me, but it hurts them,” said the Hornchurch gaffer.

“But even on Saturday, when we were 4-0 down against Tonbridge, the majority of the players kept going. They didn’t throw the towel in. We have to keep going.”

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