Search

McFarlane refuses to blame referee for Hornchuch loss

11:04 07 April 2014

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

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

Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO c/o 27 Plaiters Way, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3LR - Editorial Use ONLY - FA Premier League and Football League images are subject to DataCo Licencing restrictions

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane refused to blame the performance of the referee Carl Pearse following their Ryman Premier defeat to Hendon at Bridge Avenue on Saturday, and instead criticised Urchins’ display.

The hosts went ahead when George Purcell slotted home a debatable spot kick before Tony Taggart equalised early in the second half.

Leon Smith converted the Hendon winner from the spot but Urchins were denied what appeared a stonewall penalty when Michael Spencer was clattered inside the box

McFarlane was disappointed, saying: “We shouldn’t be talking about the incompetence of the referee because they are all incompetent. I think we have got ourselves to blame.

“We had a good start, 1-0 up at half time, and then I just thought they were hungrier than us all over the park. Hendon were the better side – first and second half.

“I thought, except for about 10 minutes, we were second best. Everything that I had predicted at half time, happened.

“They wanted it more than us and that is unbelievable considering where we are in the league.”

The referees’ failure to award Urchins a second spot kick was the main talking point and the reaction after a foul was given in favour of the visitors told the story.

Hendon match winner Smith was stunned not to see a penalty awarded, while one member of Hendon’s bench admitted it was a disgrace not to give a penalty against his side.

McFarlane believes everyone is to blame though, adding: “It was laughable and I’m to blame and we are all to blame because no one ever does anything about it.

“If you win and they are awful you give them a 6 so you don’t have to write a report.

“They all do it, all the secretaries, because otherwise they have to write a report up but until everyone starts going ‘hold up here’ we are going to have this rubbish because that was laughable, absolutely laughable.

“The linesman thought it was a stonewall penalty as well. He can get involved more but he has been told not to. I asked him and apparently he has only been told to give offsides and throws.”

Hornchurch fortunately held on to third place in the league, but Urchins’ manager believes they missed an opportunity.

“We could have made it a lot harder for everyone else but they all won on Saturday,” he added. “We are still in a good position but it makes it tighter.”

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Romford Sports News

Saturday, January 21, 2017
Romford's Kai Bichard celebrates a goal (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Dereham Town 2 Romford 3

Saturday, January 21, 2017
West Ham United's Andy Carroll celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the Premier League match at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough.

The Hammers moved into the top half of the Premier League with a fine win at The Riverside over Middlesbrough

Saturday, January 21, 2017
Brendan Foster with competitors at last year's Great Newham Run

Olympic bronze medalist believes London event will grow and grow

Saturday, January 21, 2017
The Traditional Builders Stand at Victoria Road (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

National League game off after pitch inspection

Saturday, January 21, 2017
Young and old enjoy the Great Newham Run

Handy tips to help achieve your running goals

Saturday, January 21, 2017
Dagenham & Redbridge captain Scott Doe is available for the first time since being sent off for two yellow cards at Braintree Town on Boxing Day (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Daggers set to welcome back several players to face Ravens

Friday, January 20, 2017
Elliot Justham of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Daggers stopper hit headlines after chant from Forest Green Rovers fans went viral in October

Friday, January 20, 2017
London Raiders captain Tom Davis gives Marek Nahlik support (pic John Scott)

Captain hopes to pick up points at Invicta

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

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

Are you in need of a new kitchen? Try our competition and you could win a brand new one!

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

MyOffers H&M Competition

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now