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Ryman North: Jimmy McFarlane could not fault effort of Hornchurch players during Aveley defeat

PUBLISHED: 15:00 20 April 2017

Jimmy McFarlane, manager of Hornchurch (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Jimmy McFarlane, manager of Hornchurch (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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After producing excellent display against Phoenix Sports on Saturday, Urchins failed to take their chances at Mill Field

Jimmy McFarlane admitted he couldn’t fault his Hornchurch players after Monday’s 1-0 loss at Aveley in the Ryman North.

Urchins’ went into the contest in fine form after a 4-1 triumph at home to Phoenix Sports on Saturday, but knew it would be tough against the Millers.

Aveley were playing their last ever home match at Mill Field before moving into a new stadium next season and ended with victory following Jeremiah Maja’s first-half goal.

McFarlane said: “Their goalkeeper Lamar (Johnson) was brilliant and made some great saves and if the players put a shift in then there is not much I can say.

“We could have defended better for their goal, but we played well and just didn’t take our chances.

“Mason Bloomfield was a real handful up front. He really impressed me because he worked so hard and was strong, but he only had one chance all game, so defensively we coped well.”

Hornchurch’s defeat occurred just days after their best display of the campaign – according to McFarlane – against Phoenix.

Abs Seymour opened the scoring after seven minutes, but Theo Fairweather-Johnson equalised 11 minutes later at Bridge Avenue.

Leon McKenzie put Urchins back ahead less than 60 seconds later and Kenzer Lee made it 3-1 in the 40th minute.

Lee added another with 16 minutes remaining to cap a fine day for Hornchurch before the disappointment of Monday.

With it being Aveley’s final match at Mill Field, McFarlane conceded the script was already written for a home victory.

“I was pleased with Monday’s performance and Saturday was probably our best performance of the season,” said McFarlane.

“We gave a goal away against Phoenix Sports, but it was 4-1 and could have been six or seven really!

“And with Monday we created so many chances, but we just couldn’t score despite being the better side throughout.

“It was one of those nights and with it being Aveley’s last game at Mill Field, I think the script was already written.”

Hornchurch’s 1-0 defeat on Monday was the first time they had failed to find the net in a Ryman North match since January 3.

Urchins had scored in 17 consecutive league fixtures before the clash at Aveley and they will hope they have plenty of goals left ahead of the final few games of the season.

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