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Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane felt his side deserved a point at the weekend against Met Police in the Ryman Premier, but admitted it wasn’t down to bad luck that they lost for the third consecutive match.

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The hosts went ahead inside 10 minutes but George Purcell fired in a free-kick to get Urchins level before disaster struck in the final moments as Phil Starkey slipped and Matt Pattison raced through to fire in the winner for Met Police.

A disappointed McFarlane said: “I don’t see it as luck, you make your own luck. Phil is one of those lads that gives you everything. He is a great trainer, a great player but he and others needs to sort their footwear out.

“It is the 90th minute, we are under no pressure. Elliot Styles plays it out to Phil, he goes to pass and falls over and then the guy scores.

“Everyone wears modern day Premier League boots but we aren’t playing on Premier League pitches.

“It is the wrong footwear. I keep banging on at them to get proper footwear with long studs, they need to learn.”

McFarlane discussed his team often performing poorly during the first period of matches.

This is something that has happened against Billericay Town, Bury Town and now in last weekend’s loss. It has resulted in three frustrating defeats.

“To be perfectly honest I thought we deserved a point,” added the Urchins boss.

“It was the exact same as Billericay and Bury, we started poor, improved second half and had chances but we just couldn’t take them.

“We start pretty sharp then we give a sloppy goal away and that gives the other team a boost and it carries on for the rest of the half. It is becoming a trend at the moment.

“The second half was the only positive, it was hard not to improve though. Including Billericay and Bury that was our worst 45 minutes of the season.”

Urchins will look to improve tomorrow night against Dagenham & Redbridge in the quarter-finals of the Essex Senior Cup at Bridge Avenue.

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