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Hornchurch manager McFarlane admits the run had to end

PUBLISHED: 10:00 05 October 2017

Theo Fairweather-Johnson of Hornchurch (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Theo Fairweather-Johnson of Hornchurch (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch lost their 100 per cent record in the Bostik North and manager Jim McFarlane admits it was always going to come to an end.

The Urchins remain unbeaten in the league after a hard-fought 2-2 draw with Grays at Bridge Avenue on Tuesday evening.

In a game of two halves, goals from Leon McKenzie and Theo Fairweather-Johnson after a Sam Cross opener gave the Urchins something to hang on to, but an equaliser from defender Jack Fowler rescued a deserved point for the visitors.

“It was always going to come to an end sooner or later,” McFarlane said.

“On reflection we had some good chances, but they had a couple of half chances and a draw was probably a fair result.

“They’ve got too many good players to be where they are and on that showing, they showed they won’t be struggling for too much longer.”

The manager believes his side struggled in the first-half and put some of it down to their long journey to Hereford on the weekend, where they crashed out of the FA Cup with a 2-0 defeat.

“We looked very leggy from Saturday, I think the hangover of playing a team from a higher league at a higher tempo and sitting on a coach for 10 hours played a part.

“That was the negatives, but the positives were second-half we changed the shape and put some substitutes on, and we were a different team.”

McFarlane is pleased to see Leon McKenzie and Theo Fairweather-Johnson continue to score goals.

“Leon just keeps chugging away and getting goals, but Theo’s goal for me was a great finish, pace, power and calmness.

“He’s doing well and it was a brilliant finish, that or their equaliser was the best goal of the game.”

Brad Warner was substituted off in the 65th minute and looked in some discomfort, but McFarlane believes the attacker will be fit for their trip to Thamesmead Town.

“He had a few tight muscles and it was more that he was suffering from Saturday, so we took him off before he tore anything.”

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