McFarlane heaps praise on Hornchurch

09:05 24 March 2014

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Boss delighted with win over Maidstone

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane heaped praise on his side after a massive Ryman Premier win against Maidstone United at Bridge Avenue.

Stefan Payne scored the only goal of the game but Rickie Hayles, Elliot Styles and Dave Rainford were excellent and all three earned acclaim from their manager.

Rainford’s display in particular pleased the Urchins boss after he had given away a penalty the previous weekend versus Kingstonian before receiving a red card against Cray Wanderers on Tuesday night.

McFarlane said: “In Rickie Hayles I haven’t seen a better centre half in this league all season, Elliot has not been far behind him too.

“The biggest plus for me though was the performance of Dave Rainford after a hard week. To come through playing like he played was outstanding.”

Payne’s goal also earned his manager’s praise: “His finish was unbelievable. It bobbled as well.

“What pleased me more about Stefan and George (Purcell) though was that they worked hard, especially in the first half when they (Maidstone) had 11 on the park.”

As alluded too, Maidstone had two men sent off but it affected Hornchurch more than the away side as they enjoyed the lion’s share of possession in the second period.

Despite this McFarlane felt his side were worthy winners, adding: “I thought we were excellent first half, I thought we totally dominated. I’m biased I know but we totally dominated.

“We had a couple of great chances. They always looked dangerous from set-pieces but I didn’t think they were going to hurt us going beyond (the defence).

“Second half we started well, but the sending off changed the game for us. We acted like a very inexperienced side and we’re not, we’re an experienced side, but it isn’t easy when the other side goes down to nine or ten.

“At the end of the day a win for us was more than a fair result and against a good side.”

McFarlane also handed midfielder Danny Phillips a debut after his midweek move from Thamesmead and the newcomer made a positive impression.

“People say ‘you should never start a new signing’ but you go with your gut instinct and I had a gut instinct that he would make us play,” McFarlane added.

“And first half some of the football between him and Joey May was excellent. It was a great debut.”


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