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Hornchurch boss thrilled with display at Bury

PUBLISHED: 14:00 02 March 2015

Hornchurch striker George Purcell scored twice against Bury Town (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch striker George Purcell scored twice against Bury Town (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

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Jimmy McFarlane reflects on 4-1 victory, performance of forwards and Martin Tuohy

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane hailed the performance of his team after they cruised past Bury Town in the Ryman Premier on Saturday.

Kieron Bishop opened the scoring after 10 minutes with his first for the club before George Purcell doubled the advantage nine minutes later.

Hornchurch forward Kieran Bishop in action here against Bognor scored his first for the club against Bury Town (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)Hornchurch forward Kieran Bishop in action here against Bognor scored his first for the club against Bury Town (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

Craig Nurse pulled one back for the hosts just before the break, but Nnamdi Nwachuku and Purcell scored in the 63rd and 66th minute to ensure the victory.

McFarlane said: “The forwards did deliver, but it was more than just the forwards. They just capped off an all-round brilliant display.

Martin Tuohy celebrates after scoring against Redbridge at the start of February (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Martin Tuohy celebrates after scoring against Redbridge at the start of February (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

“Someone asked me afterwards who was man of the match and I had to think about it for a while because it was one of them afternoon’s where anyone could have been man of the match.

“Kieron’s hard work deserved a goal and you have got to take them any way you can get them.

“Him and George both worked tirelessly. Kieron made the first by challenging the defender and he was involved in second as well.

“Junior Luke has put in two great crosses and the first finish from George is a goal as good as you will see at any level.”

McFarlane went on to talk up the developing partnership between Purcell and Bishop, but he also discussed Martin Tuohy, who has had to be content with a place on the bench recently.

Prolific marksman Tuohy has struggled with injuries over the past month and been in and out of the starting team. But Urchins boss was full of praise for his attitude.

“George has had a little dip in form, but the thing he has done is he has kept scoring goals,” added McFarlane.

“I have been chopping and changing the forwards, but you can’t leave him out because he always scores.

“Kieron and George are getting an understanding and it is hard for someone like Martin, who has come out of the team through injury.

“He is sitting now waiting for a chance, but his attitude, for what he has achieved in football, has been spot on and he is working as hard as anyone.

“George and Kieron are developing a good partnership, but George and Martin had developed a good one before that.”


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