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McFarlane: Margin of victory flattered us
Despite the resounding 4-1 scoreline, Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane insisted Saturday’s FA Cup second qualifying round win at United Counties Premier Division side Spalding United was far from comfortable.
A hat-trick by Carl Rook plus a late fourth from Ade Yussuf sealed the win and gave the Urchins a nice cash influx of £4,500 in prize money.
And McFarlane, whose side were 3-0 up at one stage, felt it was a classic cup game, saying: “It wasn’t comfortable, far from comfortable.
“4-1 flattered us to be honest as they had a few chances and it was a typical FA Cup game.
“The pitch was bobbly and they gave it a good go but I didn’t think we would ever lose because of the forwards we have.”
One of the forwards introduced was recent signing Leigh Bremner and he impressed Urchins boss during his 25-minute cameo.
McFarlane said: “Leigh come on and showed why I signed him, he looked really class.
“He’ll be a great addition on top of everyone else we already have.”
The Hornchurch manager went on to contemplate the change in options he had up front since his arrival, with the Ryman Premier side now boasting six top quality forwards, in addition to the strong midfield and defence they already had.
“When I first took over three and a half years ago, we didn’t have many strikers,” added the Urchins boss.
“Now we have got so many options up top. We have Carl, George (Purcell), Stefan (Payne) and we have got Martin Tuohy who will be returning from injury soon, as well as Leigh now.
“On top of that we have got young Ade who keeps coming on and scoring goals.
“The defence has never been a problem, we have always been solid and the midfield is playing really well, lots of options there. So it is very good at the moment having all these options.”
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