McFarlane: We missed our chance
Hornchurch boss reflects on failed play-off bid
Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane was in reflective mood after seeing his side’s Ryman Premier Division play-off hopes end at the weekend.
Urchins were held to a 1-1 draw by promotion rivals Kingstonian on Saturday, before a 4-1 win at relegation-threatened Aveley on Monday.
They can finish the season in eighth place with victory over Maidstone this weekend, if other results go their way, but McFarlane said: “I would’ve taken four out of six points at the weekend if we were there or thereabouts, but it’s a little bit too late.
“The people I spoke to after the Kingstonian game, who had no allegiances to us, said we should’ve won it 3 or 4-1 and that’s the story of our season, a lack of goals.
You may also want to watch:
“We could’ve had 8 or 9 at Aveley, but at the end of the day we’ve failed to reach the play-offs.
“Until three weeks ago, the top 12 could make the play-offs, which made it interesting.
- 1 Man and two boys charged with murder of Daniel Laskos in Harold Wood
- 2 Town centre app launches to entice shoppers to Romford
- 3 Havering electoral wards face axe as borough is split into 20 areas
- 4 Romford man gains 100,000 signatures to scrap £200m Prince Philip yacht
- 5 'No one deserves that': Neighbours 'traumatised' by triple stabbing
- 6 Romford Tesco Extra plants trees to offset car emissions
- 7 Harold Wood fatal stabbing victim named as police arrest three more people
- 8 Serial child sex offender jailed after found with 14,000 indecent images
- 9 Why Romford MP is allowed to keep names of donors secret
- 10 Arrests made after multiple stabbing in Havering
“We’ve got 66 points and can still potentially get 69. We only got 61 last year and three teams got in the play-offs with 68.
“But it was always going to be tougher this year. There are some good sides in this league, with some decent money.”
Hornchurch, generally, proved to be a match for most of their rivals in the top half of the table, but let vital points slip against lesser opponents.
And it was a fact not lost on McFarlane, who added: “Every side can do it [look back], but I’ve got to look at Horsham away [a 0-0 draw] and Margate, when we were leading comfortably and threw away points [in a 2-2 draw].
“We were the better side against Sutton [in a 1-1 draw], be beat Bury, we beat Tonbridge, we beat Concord twice and drew with Lowestoft. We’ve beaten most of the top sides so it is a bit frustrating.”