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Thursday, October 24, 2013
Hornchurch bowed out of the FA Trophy with a 3-2 loss at Hemel Hempstead, but manager Jimmy McFarlane was encouraged by the second half display by his 10-men.
Hemel took the lead in the 10th minute through a well–directed David Hutton header, but Urchins hit back four minutes later, when Frankie Curley deflected in Stefan Payne’s cross.
The hosts struck again twice before the end of the half when Lewis Toomey slotted home a cross on 16 minutes and Toomey then turned provider, crossing for Ben Mackey to score.
The second half started dreadfully for McFarlane’s men when Payne, having been booked earlier was judged to have deliberately handled and was sent off.
Despite the disadvantage they pushed to get back in the game and were rewarded in the 80th minute when Ricky Hayles turned in Sam Lechmere’s pass. This led to a tense finale, but Hornchurch were ultimately unable to force a replay.
McFarlane said: “I think we did deserve something by the end, but we didn’t turn up in the first half. After the break, we were down to 10 men, but we were the better side. I don’t want to take anything away from Hemel, they played well, but we could have done it.”
On Payne’s dismissal, McFarlane added: “I don’t think that the sending off was justified. The second booking for the handball was fair enough, but the first booking was just laughable. He got to the ball and pushed it out for a throw and the ref has seen something that no-one else has.
“I can’t complain about the second booking though and Stefan is smart enough to know that when he is on a yellow, he has to be careful.”
He also believes that his side were in with a penalty shout of their own, but wanted to finish positively, adding: “The referee was the only person who didn’t see it, it was a goalmouth scramble and as Elliot (Styles) has gone to hit it he was basically wrestled to the ground.
“But I’m not going to complain about a little bit of bad luck, as we have had some good luck so far this season.”
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