Hornchurch boss McFarlane gutted to see away run come to an end

PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 December 2017

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane  (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch fell to their first away league defeat of the season as they lost 2-0 to fellow promotion rivals Canvey Island.

The Urchins had won eight and draw one in their nine road trips in the Bostik North this season but that run came crashing to an end at the Frost Financial Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Manager Jim McFarlane is disappointed to see the run end but praised their opponents and admits they full deserved the three points.

“I’m gutted, I don’t mind getting beat and people laugh when I say that, but it’s the nature of the defeat that I don’t like,” he said.

“Canvey was well worth their win on Saturday, they got going before us and never let us get a foot hold in the game, they were better in all departments than us and it’s not very often I’d said that this year.”

McFarlane believes they made a few early mistakes and that cost his side the three points.

“We gave away a few sloppy goals, which is so unlike us, as everyone knows with our defensive record and Canvey never allowed us to get into the game.

“They started on the front foot, we made a couple of errors right from the kick-off, which boosted their confidence and they were better than us for the 25 minutes.

“Then 20 minutes before half-time I said to one of my staff, we’re getting back into this slowly, and then Leon McKenzie had a great opportunity to equalise at 1-0 but the ball never sat down.

“Second-half Canvey started stronger and not very often I’ll say it, I’ll say the referee was poor or something like that, but they deserved to win the game.”

Hornchurch were boosted by the return of goalkeeper Sam Mott from injury which sees Danish stand-in Simon Bloche leave the club after playing three games.

“Sam’s record speaks for itself, all the clean sheets and everything, that’s not taking anything away from Simon as I thought he was outstanding in the few games he played for us,” McFarlane said.

“Sam has been with me two or three years now and we both know what each other are all about and it’s good to have him back.”

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