Calm Hornchurch delight McFarlane

PUBLISHED: 14:21 16 March 2015 | UPDATED: 14:21 16 March 2015

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

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

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Urchins see Dulwich have four men sent off

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane hailed his side’s performance following their 1-0 win over high-flying Dulwich Hamlet.

The Urchins took the lead in the 71st minute when George Purcell converted a penalty after Tobi Joseph had been fouled in the box.

A minute later there was a lengthy stoppage when Shaun McCoulsky was sent off for a nasty tackle on Hornchurch captain Elliot Styles.

In the aftermath Dulwich manager Gavin Rose, his assistant Junior Kadi and player Albert Jarrett were all dismissed for their protests regarding McCoulsky’s red card.

McFarlane was pleased his side were able to keep their heads and see out the remainder of the match to secure a vital victory.

“That’s the first time in the league this season that we’ve had back-to-back wins. It’s come at the right time,” said McFarlane.

“We have got to keep going now. Our fate is now well and truly in our hands. I thought we thoroughly deserved the result.

“Our defending against the wind in the first half was superb. I also thought our disicipline was extremely professional throughout.”

The match was a landmark occassion for Styles as he made his 400th appearance for the Bridge Avenue side.

And McFarlane was quick to praise his skipper’s commitment to the Urchins over the years.

“There’s not a lot of loyalty left in life, let alone football. He is as loyal as they come,” added McFarlane.

“He’s been a credit. He does everything correctly and conducts himself in the right manner. He never misses training.”

“His attitude has made it able for him to reach that mark and he thoroughly deserved the award he got. Let’s hope he can make it to 500.”

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