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Bostik North: Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane happy to have right type of selection problem

PUBLISHED: 14:30 14 September 2017

Jimmy McFarlane looks on (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Jimmy McFarlane looks on (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Urchins boss impressed with spirit of his squad after they had to get through some tough spells on Tuesday night at Maldon & Tiptree

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane is delighted with the selection headache he has up front after watching Leon McKenzie score two important goals over the past week.

The tall forward netted the winner during a 2-1 victory at Potters Bar Town on Saturday in the Bostik North.

And McKenzie was in the goals again on Tuesday, as he struck the opener at Maldon & Tiptree in another 2-1 success.

McFarlane said: “Leon started the season and then had to have a week off because of work, so Ross (Wall) came in and did really well.

“Then Leon had to sit out, but Ross went on holiday, so he came in again and has now scored twice.

“Leon’s finish at Maldon was as good as you’ll see anywhere too, so Ross will now be back and have to fight for his place and be patient, but it is about competition for places and things are looking rosy.”

The Urchins manager was also quick to praise two of his other more attack-minded players for doing some crucial dirty work on Saturday.

Injuries to Jed Chouman, Elliot Styles and Alex Bentley saw Hornchurch finish the game at Maldon with various players out of position.

Winger Theo Fairweather-Johnson did a job in the middle of the pitch, while recent recruit Matthius Fanimo, generally a midfielder, had to slot in at right-back.

“Something you can easily forget about Tuesday night is that we lost Jed at half time because 15 minutes before the break he was on the end of a horrendous tackle,” said McFarlane.

“In my eyes, and I said this to the referee, it was a straight red, so we lost him and then Elliot and them two were having a terrific game.

“After that we lost Alex and the three are all top players, so we had Theo in the centre of midfield and he is more of an attacker and winger.

“The new boy Matthius, who we have just signed, was almost playing as a right-back, but them lads and the ones already on the pitch dug in and we defended superbly.

“Maldon had a few chances and Sam (Mott) made two or three excellent saves, but it is not lucky us or unlucky them, you just need to score goals.

“We took two of our opportunities and should have had a couple more and they didn’t. Some people said to me after that we rode our luck, but every side has to do that in a game to a certain element.

“The thing is I do feel we haven’t even got going yet and there is more to come, so that is only a good thing.”

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