Curley reflects on crucial moments
08:20 08 May 2014
Suspended Hornchurch midfielder laments loss
Frankie Curley was one of four key Hornchurch players unavailable to play in Monday’s Ryman Premier play-off final against Lowestoft Town and the Urchins midfielder felt two moments were crucial.
Curley believes the timing of the first and second goals virtually killed the match for Urchins, but did admit the Trawler Boys had been the better side at Crown Meadow.
Robert Eagle scored the opener just as Hornchurch had settled into the game, while Jake Reed’s second came just three minutes into the second half.
Curtis Haynes-Brown added a third to seal victory and a place in Conference South at the fourth time of asking for the Suffolk club.
And Hornchurch midfielder Curley was understandably downbeat about missing out on promotion, saying: “It was a bit of a shocker and we weren’t doing too bad, but the first goal killed it because it gives them a big lift and their fans got louder and louder as the game went on.
“Before that there was nothing really in it. No one was pushing too hard and everyone was being a bit safe.
“Then they got the first goal and I didn’t really see what happened, but it seemed like it went under our keeper’s body.
“And then they are in the driving seat and you push people forward, but you are always leaving yourself open.
“The second? It is a good goal for them to score. That was when we were going to have our 10-minute spell to put them under pressure, but that goal just kills you as a team that early in the second half.”
As well as Curley, Urchins were without Alex Bentley due to a long-term injury, while captain Elliot Styles failed a fitness test and could only watch from the bench.
Striker Stefan Payne, like Curley, was made to pay for picking up a red card against Canvey on April 21.
And Curley felt those absentees had a massive impact on the Urchins side, adding: “It is the spine of the team.
“If Lowestoft had lost three or four of their spine they wouldn’t be anywhere near as strong. No team would be at this level.
“I think, if the boys are honest, they probably went into the game a little bit unconfident because of the players missing.
“That team was still good enough to go and win the game, but you need to take your chances and Lowestoft got a bit of luck with the first and they didn’t look back.”