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Hornchurch defeat ‘hard to take’

PUBLISHED: 15:28 18 August 2014 | UPDATED: 15:28 18 August 2014

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

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

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McFarlane rues latest loss at Kingstonian

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane is still coming to terms with his side’s 1-0 defeat at Ryman Premier Division Kingstonian at the weekend.

Urchins had the better of play at Kingsmeadow, but were condemned to defeat by Tommy Kavanagh’s 74th-minute strike.

And that left McFarlane’s men with only one point from a possible nine so far ahead of their trip to Leiston tomorrow.

He said: “It was a game we were in total control of, but we didn’t take our chances and they scored a deflected goal.

“We had two headed off the line, Martin Tuohy missed a golden chance, so did Junior Dadson. But there were not many things I could complain about.”

Defeat came on the back of a controversial 2-2 draw at Lewes, who were awarded a late penalty at the Dripping Pan last Wednesday.

And McFarlane was again left to rue some of the decisions by the officials, adding: “The only guarantee in football is you will talk about referees.

“Wednesday was bad enough with the penalty. Everyone I know has said ‘where’s the foul?’

“But there were 10 yellow cards on Saturday and only one bad tackle. Junior Luke was shown a yellow then a red, until the linesman told the referee it was his first yellow card. It was farcical.”

Despite his frustrations with the men in black, McFarlane has been happy enough with the performances of his own players since their below-par display at East Thurrock on opening day.

He said: ”We’ve had two decent performances and we’re moving in the right direction. There’s nobody who has not done well in the last two games and every team has a little spell (when results do not go their way).

“The only time to worry is when you’re not creating chances.”

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