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Urchins boss McFarlane pleased to get through Coggeshall clash injury free

PUBLISHED: 17:00 10 October 2018

AFC Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (Pic: Neil Hood/TGS Photo)

AFC Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (Pic: Neil Hood/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane says the main priority was to get through the match with no injuries as they lost 2-0 to Coggeshall Town in a controversial Velocity Trophy match.

Goals from Tevan Allen and Alex Condon should have secured the progress for the Seed Growers from the second round at the Bridge Avenue but the Urchins are believed to be heading into the third round after Town fielded an eligible player.

New signing Sam Bantick started the match despite already playing in the competition for former club Heybridge Swifts in their 4-3 victory against Mildenhall Town in the Preliminary Round.

“I think it was the worst kept secret in football by the end of the game,” McFarlane said.

“I still would have liked to progress the right way, but my main interest was to get through injury free.”

The boss feels his side had a bundle of chances but weren’t at the races, although he did praise Town goalkeeper James Bransgrove, and their opponents first-half performance.

“We have had enough chances to win two games, I mean I thought their goalie looked really good, I don’t know him but at the same time we certainly didn’t have our shooting boots on.

“The injuries we’ve had lately, I just wanted to get through the game, we had to play certain people to be able to put a team together.

“Otherwise we would have had nine forward on the park so to get through it without any injuries was the main thing for me.

“I don’t like losing any game but we huffed and puffed, had a few good chances, they were brighter than us first-half won the first and second balls.

“Second-half I thought we upped our game and looked the better side.

“Tobi Coker, who I thought was excellent second-half could have had nine goals today, Leon could have had one or two, Nana as well, but looking at the overall picture it’s not the end of the world.

“It was very nervous for a league cup game for me as I just wanted to get through it.”

Defender Kenzer Lee returned to action in the 62nd minute after eight weeks out injured when he replaced Leon Smith in the match.

It is also reported Syrus Gordon much similar to Bantick also played for Harlow Town in a previous round of the competition.

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