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Jimmy McFarlane: Hornchurch’s attitude was excellent against local rivals Billericay

PUBLISHED: 14:30 09 August 2016

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic; Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic; Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Two goals from Ricky Freeman and David Knight earned Urchins a routine friendly victory on Friday night

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane was delighted with all of his squad after Friday’s 4-0 win over Billericay Town.

The two fierce rivals did battle at Aveley’s Mill Field Stadium after Urchins Bridge Avenue pitch wasn’t available.

Ricky Freeman opened the scoring in the 27th minute before David Knight added a second five minutes later.

Hornchurch, without George Purcell and Elliot Styles, couldn’t produce a third before the break.

Knight did make it 3-0 just four minutes into the second half before Freeman completed his brace before the hour mark.

McFarlane said: “Billericay played a mixture of youngsters and trialists, although to be fair Craig did say to me they were all squad players so it wasn’t any also-rans.

“We had people missing as well like Elliot and George plus Abs Thompson, but I was very pleased. Our commitment and attitude was excellent.

“It was just a precaution with George, fitness is not a problem for him, he is as fit as they come and I just wanted to rest him.

“I knew it would be a fiery game, it always is against Billericay, and that was the beauty of it – it was like a proper league match.”

The Urchins boss was full of praise for Freeman after watching the forward waste a couple of opportunities.

While the result was pleasing, McFarlane admits people shouldn’t read too much into who wins pre-season fixtures.

He added: “All round it was pleasing, the substitutes made an impact and the people that started did well.

“The goals were taken ever so well and especially one of Ricky’s. He had missed a couple of chances, but did what all good strikers do and took his opportunity in the end.

“I don’t read too much into pre-season results to be honest, it is more about fitness over anything else.

“My worst ever pre-season was the year we got promoted to the Conference South and my best was the season we got relegated.”

Romford were beaten 4-1 at home to newly-promoted Harlow Town in their latest friendly outing on Saturday.

Paul Martin’s men trailed by three goals at half time, but responded positively after the break.

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