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Hornchurch boss McFarlane delighted with strong start in the Bostik Premier

PUBLISHED: 12:00 16 August 2018

Hornchurch striker George Purcell scored the first goal against Wingate (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch striker George Purcell scored the first goal against Wingate (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane is delighted with his side's start to life in the Bostik Premier Division.

Sean Marks of Hornchurch during Wingate & Finchley match (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Sean Marks of Hornchurch during Wingate & Finchley match (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

The Urchins are unbeaten after their first two matches as they picked up a 3-0 win against Leatherhead on Saturday and then drew 1-1 with Wingate & Finchley on Tuesday evening.

McFarlane praised his side after nabbing points off two of the title favourites at this early stage in the season.

“We would have been delighted if you’d have said a month ago we would get four points from our first two matches,” McFarlane said.

“I’m delighted, if you look at Leatherhead and Wingate, they’re both very established Bostik Premier teams and both have made the play-offs or been just outside for the last two seasons.”

The former defender believes both encounters were completely different types of games and that his side probably earnt the right amount of points.

“The two games were completely different, one we completely dominated against Leatherhead on Saturday and were well deserved 3-0 winners.

“Wingate was a tougher game and we had a lot less possession than in the match before.

“A draw was probably a fair result in the end although I do think we had the better chances in the match.”

Brad Warner, Jay Porter and Sean Marks all netted in the Leatherhead victory and George Purcell scored in the Wingate match – leaving McFarlane delighted with multiple players contributing.

“We could have probably had a few more, but the good thing is I don’t think we will concede many goals, but I’m confident we can score plenty of goals.

“I have never been one to get carried away so we will work on what didn’t work well and improve in certain areas.”

The most pleasing thing for the manager was his side’s work rate in the opening week of the season.

“I’m absolutely chuffed with the players as they worked so hard in both games against two good sides.

“It’s as mentally tiring as it is physically tiring when you’re playing against better sides like that and we kept our concentration.”

They will now turn their attention to an away trip to Enfield Town on Saturday - more on the back page.

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