Hornchurch boss McFarlane believes his side were poor against Tilbury

PUBLISHED: 11:00 27 November 2017

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane pleased to take a point away from a poor performance as they drew 2-2 with Tilbury.

The Urchins missed out on the chance to go top of the Bostik North table as leaders Dereham Town fell to a heavy 5-1 defeat to Maldon & Tiptree but they failed to capitalise on the opportunity.

McFarlane’s men travelled away to Chadfields without Brad Warner and the suspended Leon McKenzie and found themselves trailing after 14 minutes, but they dug deep to pull it back and take the lead, before Tilbury got an equaliser through Adam Vyse eight minutes from time.

“I thought we were poor to be fair, I don’t want to take nothing away from Tilbury, as I thought they played really well,” he said.

“We never ever got going, we were light on numbers and only had three substitutes, with illness, injury and suspension, but we’ve got to do better than that.

“At the end we was hanging on a bit, but then at the other end Jay Porter rolls a ball across the box, then its game won.

“In the end, I’m pretty happy with a point with the way we played.”

The manager believes the first goal his side conceded was not acceptable by their standards this season.

“It was a poor goal by our standards, it was only this week that Sam Mott broke the record for clean sheets as a Hornchurch goalie, but we’re going to have these days and we’ve picked up a point so we’ll take the positives.”

Goalkeeper Mott took a knock in the first-half but carried on playing despite being in some real discomfort and McFarlane admits it’s too early to tell.

“I don’t know yet, it’s too early to assess, we’ll have to have a look.

“He’s going in to see the physio, and then we’ll know more.”

He also revealed they were short on players due to illness to attacker Brad Warner and striker Ross Wall leaving the club.

“Ross has left the club, he’s gone to Coggeshall and Brad is ill with a stomach bug.”

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