Hornchurch boss McFarlane believes his side must be better

PUBLISHED: 12:00 03 January 2018

Barking's Abs Seymour sends the ball forward as Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane looks on from the dugout (pic Terry Gilbert)

Barking's Abs Seymour sends the ball forward as Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane looks on from the dugout (pic Terry Gilbert)


Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane believes the Bostik North title race is still in their hands despite picking up just one point out of a possible six.

The Urchins capped off 2017 with a 1-1 draw against high-flying Barking before kicking off the New Year with a 4-3 defeat to strugglers Brentwood Town.

McFarlane’s men still sit three points clear at the top with three games in hand on second-place Bowers & Pitsea but admits they must be better.

“We’re still three points clear with three games in hand over the second-place team so it’s in our hands, but we can’t afford too many performances like that.”

Honours finished even at Mayesbrook Park as Barking hit back to hold Hornchurch to a point on the last weekend of 2017.

“To be fair it was a blustery old day, windy and the conditions played apart,” McFarlane said.

“We kicked into the wind first-half and I thought we were excellent, I really did, and the only criticism I had was we should have been four or five nil up.

“Second-half credit to them they came out and the wind died down, so they didn’t have such a task kicking into it.”

The former defender admits he feels they had the better chances but a draw was probably a fair result.

“On chances we deserved to win it, but on possession a draw was a fair result.

“In the end we just didn’t come out for the second-half.”

Urchins lost 4-3 on New Years Day to Brentwood Town at Bridge Avenue and even found themselves 3-0 down after an hour.

They tried to fight back but it was too little too late for McFarlane’s men and he believes it was not good enough.

“I’ve been a manager for six or seven years now and the first-half display was arguably one of the worst I’ve ever witnessed.

“We were lacklustre, we changed our shape at half-time and we had a go, but no one in the league has put more than two goals past us all year and then we go and gift them four awful goals.

“Not taking anything away from them as they played really well but every goal we could have done something about.”


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