Hornchurch boss happy to be back

McFarlane missed matches during cold snap

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane was delighted to get back to work in the Ryman Premier Division at the weekend.

Without a game for three weeks due to frozen and waterlogged pitches, Urchins beat promotion hopefuls Lewes thanks to a solitary goal at Bridge Avenue.

Leading scorer Martin Tuohy returned from a three-game suspension to net his 20th goal of the season and keep Hornchurch on the heels of table-topping Billericay.

And McFarlane said: “Martin hadn’t played for nearly six weeks and he worked so hard.

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“A friend of mine came over to watch and was really impressed with how hard he worked. He worked well with Leon (McKenzie), who got our in-house man of the match award.”

McKenzie and Fola Orilonishe made their club debuts as Urchins remained five points adrift of the leaders, with two games in hand.

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And McFarlane, with his side not due to play again until Saturday’s trip to Kingstonian, admitted he would have liked a midweek match to keep the pressure on at the top.

He added: “When you have a long lay-off, it’s funny because it’s like pre-season again.

“You’re anticipating games, wondering if you’ve done enough training, but I was pleased with all of them.

“Fola is a bit different from what we’ve had in the past. He’s more of a winger and gives us more going forwards. He looked a bit tired but it was his first time on our pitch, which is very sapping.

“He’ll get used to it, but they all worked so hard and it’s all about results now.

“We tried to get a game rearranged for this midweek but we’ve got a Capital League game on instead tomorrow.

“We’ll be able to give a few of the boys a game and the good thing about the lay-off is it enables all of those with knocks a bit of time to recover.”

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