Hornchurch boss McFarlane disappointed with defeat on the road

PUBLISHED: 17:00 05 November 2018

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

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

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After failing to take their chances in Hertfordshire, Urchins lost following an unfortunate Connor Hogan own-goal

Jimmy McFarlane was frustrated to see Hornchurch suffer a 1-0 loss at Bishop’s Stortford in the Bostik Premier on Saturday.

The Urchins produced a good performance at the ProKit UK Stadium, but an own-goal by Connor Hogan on the stroke of half-time separated the sides in the end.

Hornchurch hit the crossbar through Leon McKenzie while George Purcell went close on a couple of occasions and Sean Marks should have scored with a header in the 55th minute, but nodded wide.

Later on in the game McKenzie had the ball in the net, but the effort was ruled out for offside, and Jay Porter was denied by Calum Kitscha, yet the Blues held on, following a dogged display at the back, to claim all three points.

Urchins manager McFarlane said: “I thought we were the better side in the first half and more than the better side in the second half.

“We have lost to an own-goal, another own-goal (after Leon Smith put through his own net last Tuesday in the 1-1 draw with Merstham).

“I think it hit Connor Hogan on the chest, so our luck has been down lately and our confidence too and it showed in the way we played.

“Obviously we’ve had all these injuries and Lewwis Spence had the flu, but got off his sick bed to sit on the bench on Saturday, but everyone has their injury problems.

“We win together and lose together. It is a tough time at the moment, but we need to perk things up and get going again because I certainly thought we were the better side in this game.”

Last season’s Bostik North champions will look to begin a winning run when they host Benfleet in the Essex Senior Cup on Tuesday.

The third round tie at Bridge Avenue should provide Urchins with a good opportunity to get back in the goals.

McFarlane confirmed new recruit Bode Anidugbe will play from the off and make his full debut as a result after signing last week from Thamesmead Town.

In terms of other players, Urchins will have to be close to full strength given Nathan Cooper, Jordan Clark, Nathan Livings and Nana Boakye-Yiadom remain out.

“We have an Essex Senior Cup tie on Tuesday and it will allow us to get some bodies on the park,” McFarlane said.

“It will be a chance for young Bode, who I thought looked good when he come on against Stortford.

“It is an opportunity to improve the match fitness of some and normally you would say it is a chance for the subs, but we have hardly any fit subs! We need to perk things up and then we will start moving things forward.”

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