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Jimmy McFarlane delighted with Hornchurch’s draw with Leyton Orient and grateful to National League club

PUBLISHED: 17:00 26 July 2017

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (left) and Colin McBride look on during their friendly with Leyton Orient (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (left) and Colin McBride look on during their friendly with Leyton Orient (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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Urchins boss pleased with fitness of his players and praises O’s for bringing a strong squad to Bridge Avenue

Hornchurch goalkeeper Sam Mott impressed against Leyton Orient (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).Hornchurch goalkeeper Sam Mott impressed against Leyton Orient (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Jimmy McFarlane was thrilled with Hornchurch’s performance against National League side Leyton Orient last night.

The Urchins held their east London rivals to a goalless draw at Bridge Avenue with Sam Mott impressing.

Hornchurch’s goalkeeper made a number of saves, although the Isthmian North hosts did have a goal by George Purcell ruled out for offside midway through the second half.

McFarlane said: “I have played in loads of these games before and for the first 20 to 30 minutes all you do is chase the ball because they are better players and that is why they are playing at a better level.

“Normally you start to flag and tire and that is when the goals start to pop in, but what pleased me the most is that at the end we were full of running and we looked like we could nick something on the break.

“Sam has made four or five fantastic saves and we have blocked things, but is that a criticism of them not scoring or praise for our defending? I will take the praise.

“We have drawn 0-0 with what is basically a full-strength Orient side and had our chances because Ross (Wall) should have scored inside the first two minutes after Bradley Warner’s header, but overall I was very pleased, especially against a good side.

“It was in front of a great crowd as well and they must have enjoyed the game because I did even though we defended for most of it.”

A bumper crowd in the grandstand during Hornchurch vs Leyton Orient (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).A bumper crowd in the grandstand during Hornchurch vs Leyton Orient (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

The Hornchurch boss revealed he arranged the friendly with O’s Head of Youth Recruitment Miguel De Souza.

McFarlane has played with Orient’s Director of Football Martin Ling before at Purfleet and also worked with him at Bridge Avenue back in 2014.

And the Urchins’ boss was extremely grateful to Ling and Steve Davis for bringing a strong squad down for an entertaining stalemate.

“I spoke to Martin and I know Miguel De Souza well because I played with him at Clapton years ago and that is how I arranged the friendly,” said McFarlane.

“What is strange is that Orient are 20-odd miles away and they have given us a game and we have West Ham coming on August 8, but we never get one with Dagenham & Redbridge and they are five miles away, so we are really grateful.

“It is very easy for a club like Orient to send a load of kids down and it is a massive show of respect to us that they have sent a full-strength squad. The crowd looked big as well because there were not too many seats, so I am very grateful and it was a pleasing night all-round.”

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