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Bostik North: Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane delighted to return to summit with win at Mildenhall Town

PUBLISHED: 10:00 30 November 2017

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane gives instructions from the touchline (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane gives instructions from the touchline (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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Urchins won 6-0 at Hall on Tuesday, with Leon McKenzie netting a hat-trick for the Bridge Avenue side

Leon McKenzie scored a hat-trick for Hornchurch at Mildenhall Town (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo) Leon McKenzie scored a hat-trick for Hornchurch at Mildenhall Town (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane jokingly admitted he hoped the season ended now after his side returned to the top of the Bostik North with a 6-0 win at Mildenhall Town on Tuesday night.

Leon McKenzie netted a hat-trick in the rout for Urchins, with Nathan Cooper, George Purcell and Sean Roberts also on target in Suffolk.

The victory saw the Bridge Avenue club take over at the summit from Dereham Town, with McFarlane’s men now two points clear at the top.

It was a display that had the Hornchurch manager purring and one which certainly left him in a good mood.

“I wish the season was over after Tuesday!” joked McFarlane. “It was a really convincing performance. It was one of those nights for us where everything clicked and everything came off for us.

“We would have beaten anyone on Tuesday. On our day, we’re capable of beating anyone and on Tuesday, we would have done.”

While they displayed their attacking intent at Mildenhall on Tuesday, McFarlane will be pleased with the clean sheet Urchins kept, particularly as they had a new keeper in goal.

After Sam Mott was injured in Saturday’s 2-2 league draw at Tilbury — a game where Theo Fairweather-Johnson and Elliot Styles scored for Hornchurch — Danish stopper Simon Bloch Jorgensen was drafted in.

The 25-year-old, who played for Accrington Stanley in the Carabao Cup earlier this year, impressed on his debut at Mildenhall, and McFarlane revealed the lengths he went to in order to draft in a replacement for Mott.

“Sam came in for treatment on Sunday after getting injured on Saturday, but the physio said he had no chance of being fit, so all of Sunday, I was on the phone to everyone I knew in football, trying to get a goalie,” added the Urchins managed.

“A guy I know at West Ham United said they had a guy training with them from Denmark who was a giant of a man.

Simon did a few things on Tuesday you don’t normally see from keepers at this level, like playing one-twos with defenders — I don’t think I’d have been so comfortable with it if we weren’t 5-0 up at the time!”

Additional reporting by Jacob Ranson.

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