Another ‘pleasing night’ for Hornchurch at Phoenix Sports

PUBLISHED: 16:30 30 September 2015 | UPDATED: 17:12 30 September 2015

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

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

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Bridge Avenue boss discusses 4-2 league success and strong start to the campaign

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane was left to reflect on a pleasing night in south London after watching his team ease past Phoenix Sports for the second time in three days.

Urchins defeated the Bexleyheath outfit 5-3 on Saturday in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup and were back at the same venue last night (Tuesday).

This time it was for Ryman North action, but George Purcell was at the double and David Knight and Nathan Cooper found the net as well to earn a 4-2 success.

McFarlane said: “It was a pleasing night. Another frustrating one in a way, because we were 4-0 up and cruising with the game virtually over.

“They get a deflected goal and another one before the end, but we were never in danger of losing the game, but it was the same as Saturday.

“It was probably the best football we have played this season. George scored a proper George goal and David also finished off a nice move before Nathan got his first.”

The victory moves Hornchurch up to third in the table with 23 points from their opening 11 matches in the division.

Urchins have only been beaten twice this season, away to Romford 2-0 and at home to Maldon & Tiptree 3-1, but won seven times.

McFarlane’s men have also scored 31 goals so far in the Ryman North and the Bridge Avenue boss is happy with their start.

He said: “I knew it was going to be a bit of a rollercoaster season and I was never naïve enough to think we would win 5-0 every week because some of the teams in this division are really strong.

“You have to earn the right to win games. Cray Wanderers, AFC Sudbury and the likes of Maldon and Thurrock are all good teams, the top eight is full of strong sides and we have had two hiccups.

“The one against Romford and recently against Maldon, but that was two poor 45 minutes, but the rest of the time I have been fairly happy with what we are producing.

“Overall I am pleased with how things are going and we are still a work in progress as well.”

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