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).

©TGS Photo +44 1376 553468

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.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Romford Sports News


Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still was pleased with the fight his team showed but believes they left it too late in their defeat to Sutton United.

Yesterday, 20:06

Raiders moved into the top four of the National League with a fine win over long-time rivals Bracknell at Lee Valley on Saturday.

Yesterday, 19:08

Judd Trump insists rival Kyren Wilson got lucky after he was dumped out of the Dafabet Masters in an enthralling battle at the Alexandra Palace.

Chicharito scores vital equaliser as the points are shared at the London Stadium

Yesterday, 16:54

Hornchurch moved seven points clear at the top of the table, with a game in hand, after a hard-fought draw at fourth-placed Dereham.

Yesterday, 14:55

Vanarama National League: Sutton United 2 (Wright 57, Bolarinwa 61) Dagenham & Redbridge 1 (Okenabirhie 84)

Yesterday, 11:00

Kelvedon Hatch, Manford Way, May & Baker and Shenfield Association discovered their opponents for the BBC Essex Saturday Premier Cup this week

Yesterday, 10:00

Romford face a huge week as they look to get themselves back on track in the Bostik North and cause an upset in the Essex Senior Cup semi-final.


Window and conservatory specialist Ken Rhodes talks about the possibilities for brightening up your home for the new year, and with their home improvement finance deals it’s possible for everyone to make some changes

Lisa and Jennie are cousins who grew up in the borough. Their grandmother, ‘Nanny Fish’ was a huge part of their lives, and while she had dementia and increasing needs, she really benefited from having care in her nephew’s loving home. This experience was the inspiration for Lisa and Jennie to set-up their own home care service.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

News from your area


Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now