Bostik North: Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane thrilled with double success on the road
PUBLISHED: 18:00 13 September 2017
Leon McKenzie struck in both of Urchins away fixtures to maintain their 100 per cent start to the new season
Jimmy McFarlane is delighted his Hornchurch team have beaten two strong sides in the Bostik North over the past few days.
Last night the Urchins registered an excellent 2-1 victory away to Maldon & Tiptree to keep up their 100 per cent record this term.
The success at last season’s beaten play-off finalists occurred after Hornchurch had beat Potters Bar Town by the same scoreline on Saturday.
It has therefore been a pleasing week for McFarlane, with the success at Park Drive leaving him particular happy, especially after Urchins missed several chances.
He said: “Last night we were superb for the first half and came out of the traps and the game should have been over at half time.
“We had three or four good opportunities that we would normally take, but we didn’t, so we came in only 2-1 up and in the second half they were better if I am honest.
“They were playing some decent football, but when we bossed the first 45, they didn’t look like they had a goal in them, where as when they bossed the second we always looked capable of getting a goal on the break.
“It was a good victory and they will be up there come the end of the season because they are a good side.”
Leon McKenzie opened the scoring for Urchins at Maldon with 12 minutes on the clock in front of 97 spectators.
The hosts got back on level terms, however, when Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe netted just before the half an hour mark.
Brad Warner, a summer signing from Bowers & Pitsea, proved the difference though, as he struck what turned out to be the winner in the 41st minute.
It was a similar story on Saturday with Hornchurch taking an early lead – this time thanks to Theo Fairweather-Johnson at Potters Bar Town.
Again the home side fought back to equalise with Eoin Casey grabbing a goal on the stroke of half time.
But following some sterns words during the interval, Urchins went back in front with McKenzie netting in the 51st minute and Hornchurch never looked back.
McFarlane added: “At Potters Bar Town we were slow out of the blocks and they are a good side.
“They were popping it around and playing some decent football and at half time we had a few words and in the second half we were by far the better side.
“We always looked like we were going to win it after the break and I even heard their manager afterwards saying to his players that we upped it by one per cent and we were miles better.”
Hornchurch’s two victories keeps them top of the table with six wins from six and a goal difference of plus 13.