Hornchurch boss positive despite Maidstone defeat

PUBLISHED: 12:00 23 January 2015

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane (pic: Ray Lawrence/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane (pic: Ray Lawrence/TGSPHOTO)

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Urchins manager McFarlane: “It was the best performance of the season’.

Hornchurch may have lost 2-0 to Ryman Premier Division leaders Maidstone United last weekend, but boss Jimmy McFarlane feels it was the best his side have played all season.

Goals from Steve Watt and Frannie Collin saw the Urchins lose out in front of a strong 2,086 crowd at the Gallagher Stadium as the Stones kept up their promotion hopes.

And though it was the Urchins 16th league loss of the campaign, McFarlane believed his side were superb all afternoon.

“We were really unlucky. I thought we played excellent, to be fair,” said McFarlane.

“It was the best performance of the season for me over 90 minutes, but we just couldn’t convert any of our chances.

“Their manager was very apologetic at the end, but that’s easy to do when you have just won.

“They were just more clincal than us and with the forwards they have at their disposal it is easy to see why they are up there.”

McFarlane tinkered with the side and moved Alex Bentley to right back, before he was forced off through injury, and gave a first start to recent signing Kieran Bishop.

“Kieran got his first start and I felt he did well,” he added.

“We moved Alex to right back because we had them watched and the diagonal pass was their get out ball.

“Thomas Gogo came in as well because I thought the surface would suit someone like him and as I said it was the best performance, but unfortunately it ended with a defeat.”

The Urchins still sit in the Ryman Premier relegation places with just over three months left of the season.

But despite admitting he is slightly concerned at their current position, McFarlane has the belief that things will turn round as they prepare to face a tough trip to second-placed Margate.

“If I said I wasn’t concerned I would be lying,” he said.

“It’s not something this club is used to, but I am confident we will be okay.”

Urchins were due to face Redbridge in the quarter-final of the Essex Senior Cup on Tuesday, only for it to be postponed five minutes before kick-off.

And McFarlane believed an inspection should have taken place earlier in the day.

“I understand they wanted to play the game, but the surface would have had an impact as the game went on,” he added.

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