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Hornchurch earned their 12th league win of the season on Saturday with a fantastic team performance in the 3-0 win over Wingate & Finchley, and although manager Jimmy McFarlane praised his whole side he couldn’t help but single out midfielder Frankie Curley.

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Once again the vice-captain put in a terrific performance and showed his class throughout as goals from Stefan Payne, George Purcell and Carl Rook took them to the top of the Ryman Premier.

The Urchins boss admitted he has been outstanding all season and has seen him mature this campaign.

McFarlane said: “He has been excellent all season and he’ll be missing for a game in a couple of weeks, but to get to December and to only lose Frank for one game just goes to show how he has matured.

“Two years ago on November 26, Curley gets sent off because the referee isn’t dealing with a situation and he takes his own retribution.

“Saturday when the guy does an awful tackle on him, the old Frank deals with that himself, but he just went about his business, didn’t pull out of anything.”

Carl Rook won man of the match against Wingate and although he performed exceptionally again it was Curley who was the star performer.

“For me Frank Curley was head and shoulders above everyone else,” insisted McFarlane.

“That’s my opinion. I’m trying not to single him out, but you just get the same thing from him every single week.

“I keep saying in every single team talk ‘you’ve got to work hard, before everything else you have to work’ and you know Frank will do that.

“What he has added to his game this year is his ball retention. It is a lot better than it has been down the years and add that to what he has been doing.”

Another player who has been at Bridge Avenue for a while is Martin Tuohy. He has recovered from the injury he picked up in pre-season and has been sent on loan to Brentwood.

The Hornchurch manager wants him to rediscover some match fitness and the short term move has already proved worthwhile as he scored on his debut at the weekend.

“The hardest thing in football is to score goals and you can’t teach people how to do it and Martin Tuohy just does it,” he said.

“Brentwood have done us a favour, you can imagine there was no shortage of clubs willing to take him.

“If Martin Tuohy is on the bench Saturday, I’d bring him on with 20 minutes to go, but 20 minutes for the next four or five weeks isn’t going to do him any good at all.”

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