Bostik North: Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane hails ‘fantastic achievement’ of Romford rival Paul Martin

PUBLISHED: 14:00 09 November 2017

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane gives instructions from the touchline (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane gives instructions from the touchline (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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Urchins boss reflects on 1-0 defeat at home to Witham Town on Saturday and most frustrating aspect of the loss

Presentation to Paul Martin to make his 500th match in charge of Romford (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Presentation to Paul Martin to make his 500th match in charge of Romford (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane heaped praise on Paul Martin, manager of Urchins local rivals Romford, after he took charge of his 500th competitive game for the club last night.

With Urchins without a midweek fixture, McFarlane made the short trip to Ship Lane to watch Boro take on high-flying Haringey Borough.

Martin was taking charge of Romford for the 500th time and Hornchurch’s manager hailed the feat of the Romford boss after watching the 1-1 draw.

McFarlane said: “It’s a fantastic achievement and especially when you bear in mind the resources Paul has to work with.

“He walked past me last night and I shook his hand and told him well done because loyal is a rare commodity in life, not just football.

“The loyalty aspect seems to have dwindled a bit in football, but he’s certainly been loyal to Romford Football Club, that’s for sure.”

Boro did Hornchurch a favour yesterday by preventing Haringey from moving further ahead of Urchins in the Bostik North.

McFarlane saw his team lose 1-0 at home to Witham Town on Saturday with Correy Davidson netting a 90th minute winner.

It was Urchins fourth defeat in a row and their manager was frustrated with their style of play at Bridge Avenue.

He added: “I was disappointed with the result, but also the performance because against Chelmsford City in the Essex Senior Cup, we gave a really good account of ourselves and could have won the game.

“To go from that to a performance like Saturday was frustrating and don’t get me wrong, we still created a load of chances, but our style of play frustrated me too.

“We kept bashing it long and contrary to the belief of many people, I have never told any team of mine to just kick it or play long ball football.

“I tell us every week to pass the ball and if you don’t do it you get caught in a rut, so I was very disappointed with Saturday.”

Going forward, McFarlane wants his team to show more courage in possession like they were in the opening two months of the campaign.

“To play football you need to be brave and I always use the same example. There is more to being brave than someone like Elliot Styles who puts everything into a tackle and his head in,” said Urchins boss.

“You also need to be brave to get on the ball and pass when it is not your day, so that’s brave football for me.

“I know there are going to be shock results and we’ve all seen what Witham did to Dereham Town on Tuesday (2-0).

“And I was over at Romford watching Haringey last night and Haringey scored against the run of play, so we need to just match what all the others around us are doing and our games in hand will come in to play.”

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