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McFarlane: We’ve got best in the league
Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane hailed his team as having the ‘best forwards in the league’ after they emphatically beat Wealdstone 6-1 in the FA Cup third qualifying round.
Stefan Payne’s hat-trick led the way, with George Purcell also on target after coming off the bench.
Joey May and Chris Bourne completed the Urchins tally and McFarlane said: “We had three up there and George Purcell, who is now ready to be in contention.
“We have four of the best forwards in the league. As I keep saying if we can keep a clean sheet then we will win games because we will score goals.”
Payne struck two early blows before Stones had captain Sean Cronin sent off for kicking out at Leigh Bremner and added a third from the penalty spot inside a minute at the start of the second half.
That allowed Payne to take his tally for the season to 11 so far and McFarlane has been delighted with his form.
He added: “Stefan is a class player, as he shows week in week out what he can do. Saturday was no different.”
Urchins had snatched a 1-1 draw when the two sides met in the Ryman Premier Division earlier in the season, thanks to a late Ade Yusuff goal.
But McFarlane appreciated their FA Cup encounter had a completely different look to it.
He said: “I’m very pleased. It was always going to be a tense game but the performance was as good as we have played all year.
“We were fortunate in the first game, we never got going and then we did what we do well and nicked a late goal.”
Cronin saw red in only the 18th minute, but McFarlane believed his side would have gone on to win the game regardless adding: “The sending-off will take a little bit of the gloss off it, but I don’t think it had any effect on the game.
“I had a little bit of a grizzle at half-time because we got to 2-0 up against 11 men, but when they had a man sent off we started showboating a little bit.
“That isn’t how you win things in non-league football. I didn’t go overboard and just said that whoever gets the next goal would really dictate how this would pan out.”
The win earnt Hornchurch an important £7,500 in prize money and if they can progress to the first round proper they will be able to add another £12,500 into the coffers.
The draw for the fourth qualifying round is made later this morning and McFarlane added: “he FA Cup is more nerve wrecking for me than it is the players as I know what it takes to get the money every week.
“The chairman is a close personal friend of mine, so are the directors, and I know how hard they work.
“I know how important it is and if we can get through to the first round then it could pay all our bills for the next season.”
Hornchurch travel to Hemel Hempstead next Saturday for an FA Trophy tie, when another £2,700 will be on offer.
And McFarlane says his side will be looking to go far in the competition, adding: “It’s the FA Cup for non-league teams. They are a very good side and they gave us a real tough game in pre-season so it will be an exciting match and another sleepless Friday night for me.”
Michael Dawson is looking forward to facing Arsenal after Tottenham were drawn against the Gunners in the third round of the FA Cup.