Hornchurch boss ecstatic to have Tuohy back in the fold

PUBLISHED: 12:30 29 November 2013

Martin Tuohy will hope to be back among the goals for Hornchurch (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Martin Tuohy will hope to be back among the goals for Hornchurch (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Hornchurch striker Martin Tuohy played his first 45 minutes of the season against Maldon and Tiptree on Tuesday – and his boss Jimmy McFarlane couldn’t be happier.

But he was less enamoured with the tactics of their cup opponents which has left him with some injury headaches for tomorrow’s (Saturday’s) clash with Wingate & Finchley.

The Urchins won 2-1 in the fourth round of the Essex Senior Cup, George Purcell scoring a late winner after Carl Rook had equalised Jacob Cleaver’s opener for Maldon.

“It’s great to have Martin back,” said McFarlane. “He’s a proper penalty box striker and he’s bound to get you goals.

“With George Purcell and Stefan Payne in there we’ve got a good mix of different types of strikers.

“But we picked up five injuries. They were kicking my players all game and now Leigh Bremner and Sam Lechmere are doubts for the league game.

“I’ve never been happier to get my players off a football pitch than I was against Maldon, and the referee gave us no protection.”

McFarlane turns his attention back to the league for the visit of Wingate & Finchley to Bridge Avenue.

The Urchins have won only one of their last four Ryman Premier games, although that run has included clashes with Kingstonian, Bognor Regis and Maidstone, who are all in the top six.

They drew 1-1 at Maidstone last weekend courtesy of a Bremner equaliser just two minutes after the hosts had taken the lead.

McFarlane says the run of games has convinced him his players have what it takes to secure promotion back to the Skrill South at the first time of asking.

Hornchurch are currently second in the table, behind leaders Kingstonian on goal difference.

“This league is as hard as it’s been for a long time, and Maidstone were probably the best team we’ve faced this season,” the manager said.

“I was pleased with the result but we could have gone up a notch.

“I’m confident we’re going to get back to winning ways in the league against Wingate and Finchley, we’re looking for the three points.”

The quarter-final draw for the Essex Senior Cup will be made on Thursday (December 5).

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