Frustrating week all round for McFarlane
PUBLISHED: 12:30 16 January 2015
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Urchins were beaten at home and had cup tie postponed despite changing venue
Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane admitted they could still be playing now against Wingate & Finchley and they still probably wouldn’t score.
Urchins fell to a 1-0 defeat to the Blues last weekend - their first at Bridge Avenue since October 25.
David Knight’s 41st minute penalty settled the Ryman Premier tie and McFarlane admitted it was just one of those frustrating days.
“It was an awful game, it was flat and a bore draw would have been the right result,” he said.
“But we made a mistake, a terrible mistake by Elliot Styles to give away the penalty. He got caught the wrong side of the lad and has pulled him down.
“I would have been outraged if we didn’t get that given for us, it was a stonewall penalty. But we could still be playing now and we wouldn’t have scored, it was just one of those days.”
Kieran Bishop made his Urchins debut during the 1-0 home loss –coming on in the 57th minute.
McFarlane added: “Kieran offers us more firepower up front and he is different to what we have got.
“He runs in behind more where as George Purcell and Martin Tuohy do a lot of their work in front of the oppositions back four.
“Kieran will give us something different and he has great pace.”
McFarlane was hoping his side could bounce back after the Wingate defeat when they visited local rivals Redbridge in the quarter-finals of the Essex Senior Cup.
However the match scheduled for last Tuesday was postponed, despite it being switched to Hornchurch’s Bridge Avenue.
“It was frustrating having the Redbridge game called off and we swapped it to our ground to try and get it on,” revealed McFarlane.
“On Saturday one of the directors said would we mind playing it at our ground as we would have more chance of getting it played.
“But I went to the ground on the day and the pitch, in one area, just couldn’t be played on.”
The cup tie has now been rescheduled for this Tuesday (January 20) and McFarlane is hoping his side can progress into the last four of the competition with a win at Oakside.
It is a trophy the Hornchurch boss has fond memories of after winning the competition in the 2012/13 campaign and reaching the semi-finals last season.
“I think some managers don’t take the competition seriously, but it is every senior team in Essex,” insisted McFarlane.
“You have Colchester United, Southend United and teams like Dagenham & Redbridge involved so it is a really prestigious trophy to win and I want to win it.”
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