Hornchurch boss relieved to hold on for derby spoils

McFarlane: It was nerve-wracking

Jimmy McFarlane admitted to a few anxious moments as Hornchurch held on for Ryman Premier Division success against derby rivals Aveley at Bridge Avenue.

Urchins appeared to be cruising with a two-goal lead, but Millers hit back on the hour to set up a tense finale.

McFarlane’s men survived to record only their fourth home win in the league this season and he said: “We made hard work of it.

“For an hour we were excellent and I thought we were going to go on and win it 4-0 or 5-0.

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“Then we made a mistake and we went to pot.

“It was a bit nerve-wracking and I was glad just to hear the final whistle in the end.

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“We always knew it would be tough. Lee (Hodges) has got some good young players there and I hope they turn it around.

“Lee, Jason (Broom) and Joe (Keith) have all been there and done it and know what is needed. And they did give us a fright.”

Third-placed Hornchurch travel to leaders Billericay on Tuesday (December 27, 2pm), looking to make up a four-point deficit on their hosts.

They have a game in hand on Craig Edwards’ side, but will be without suspended duo Lewis Smith and Andy Tomlinson.

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