Search

Hornchurch boss hits out after loss

12:30 06 May 2014

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane (far right) looks on as Lowestoft celebrate (pic: James Bass/Eastern Daily Press)

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane (far right) looks on as Lowestoft celebrate (pic: James Bass/Eastern Daily Press)

Archant

McFarlane: Mistakes did not help our cause

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane was disappointed with some of the refereeing decisions in his side’s Ryman Premier play-off final defeat to Lowestoft Town but conceded the hosts were worthy winners.

Robert Eagle gave the Trawler Boys the lead before second-half strikes from Jake Reed and Curtis Haynes-Brown sealed a 3-0 win in front of 2,697 spectators at Crown Meadow.

McFarlane felt with the players Urchins had missing it was always going to take something monumental, but believed the officials made mistakes prior to all three goals.

He said: “It was always going to be tough and I kept it to myself, but we needed our big players around us.

“To not have Alex Bentley, Frank Curley, Stefan Payne and Elliot Styles (who failed a fitness test on the day), you would have to play unbelievably out of your skin to win a game here against a side as good as these and they are a good side.

“We weren’t helped by the referee and I am sick and tired of talking about how poor the referees are, but all three goals he had a hand in.

“The first one was handball, second one was handball and the third one was a push on Joey May, but that is not taking away from Lowestoft.

“I thought they were stronger than us, they competed more. They won more first and second balls and they looked more intelligent on the ball so it was their day and I don’t want to take nothing away from them.”

As is so often the case in finals the first goal was key, but McFarlane also felt the second, just three minutes into the second half, was the killer blow for Hornchurch.

“We knew they would start well. They are at home in front of nearly 3,000 people and it was a nervy ten minutes,” he added.

“We got to 15 minutes and I turned around and said to my assistant Grant Gordon ‘we’ve weathered the storm now and we can go on from this’ but it was a poor, poor goal to concede.

“First of all, it was handball and then the boy has gone through, but I thought he had a very weak shot and the goalkeeper should have done better, simple as that.

“After that it was always going to be an uphill struggle and I think if we don’t concede in the first five minutes, it becomes a tighter game but that killed us.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Sport Stories

6 minutes ago
Elliot Styles of AFC Hornchurch (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch captain happy to see name appear on scoresheet

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Boro boss looks back on start to the season and solid week after picking up two points

Hornchurch celebrate after clinching the Division One title (pic: Alison Smith/Hornchurch CC)

Skipper Roy Smith reflects on winning the Division One title and preparing for League Cup final on Monday

15:30
Ashley Hemmings of Dagenham (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Daggers fan Daniel Law is writing a blog throughout the 2015-16 season

Most read sport

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Scones, jam and a cup of Earl Grey anyone?

Luxury boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair has recently launched The Drawing Room, London’s most stylish location for afternoon tea.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder