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Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane used an Ian Holloway phrase to describe his team’s latest three points in the Ryman Premier as two long range Michael Spencer strikes earned a hard fought 3-2 win against Margate at Bridge Avenue.

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Holloway famously said after one of his team had won ugly that it was like a gentlemen going on a night out and not pulling the best looking lady but at least getting her back in the taxi, the Urchins boss shared a similar view following Saturday’s win.

“It wasn’t our best performance. Ian Holloway once described them type of win as a ‘10-to-2 women’,” said McFarlane.

“Meaning you have looked at all the nice women but you go for an ugly win and that is what that was, an ugly win.

“We’ve got a little knack at the moment of winning games of football when we haven’t played particularly well.

“Football is all about good habits and bad habits and at the moment our good ones are outweighing our bad ones.

“It weren’t our day but we’ll take the ugly wins all day long.”

Spencer’s long range winner, his third goal of the season, was worthy of winning any game of football, and McFarlane joked it had been a long time coming.

Hornchurch never reached the heights of previous performances this season, like against Wealdstone in the cup or Dulwich Hamlet earlier in the campaign, but these are the matches that can decide the title winners according to the Urchins boss.

McFarlane also picked out one of his forwards for praise, added: “He (Spencer) has tried that 465 times and he has done it today so he is entitled to hit one right. It was a great strike to be fair. The second one is a worthy winner of any game.

“It was frustrating, everybody was frustrated and when you are top of the league everyone is a bit tense.

“I don’t think we played particularly well, we huffed and puffed but our ball retention was poor.

“Carl Rook was the outstanding figure up front, I thought he was excellent, absolutely excellent.

“When leagues are won, they aren’t won by beating the Maidstone’s and Dulwich’s, they are won when you win games like this and like last Saturday (v Hendon) when we weren’t at the races but we keep picking up points and that is all we can do.”

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