McFarlane effusive in praise for Hornchurch after ‘best display’ sees off Folkestone

PUBLISHED: 15:01 03 October 2018 | UPDATED: 17:07 03 October 2018

George Purcell opened the scoring for Hornchurch against Folkestone Invicta on Tuesday (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

George Purcell opened the scoring for Hornchurch against Folkestone Invicta on Tuesday (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Urchins beat Invicta 4-1 on Tuesday after a 3-0 win at Burgess Hill Town on Saturday

Jimmy McFarlane believes Hornchurch delivered their best performance of the season to date to beat Folkestone Invicta 4-1 in the Bostik Premier on Tuesday.

Urchins continued their unbeaten start to the new term by getting the better of Invicta at Bridge Avenue.

The hosts got off to a flyer, with George Purcell opening the scoring in just the eighth minute.

Connor Hogan doubled Hornchurch’s lead in the 34th minute as they took their two-goal cushion into half-time.

Just two minutes into the second half, Sean Marks added a third for Urchins to further increase their hold on proceedings.

Leon McKenzie then wrapped up the scoring for the Bridge Avenue outfit 18 minutes from time.

The only blotch came in the 81st minute when Ian Draycott pulled a goal back for Folkestone, but that proved to be a minor setback.

That did not detract much from boss McFarlane’s pleasure with the display, believing Hornchurch had played the best they had all season.

“It was probably the best we’ve played this season and the performance matched the quality of the goals we scored,” said the Urchins manager.

“It was a great display all-round apart from when we conceded the goal which was the only disappointment.

“Folkestone are a good team and one I still feel will challenge for promotion this season, but they caught us on a good night. We worked hard, played well and everything we tried came off.”

The success over Folkestone came after Hornchurch had won 3-0 at Burgess Hill Town in the league on Saturday.

Nathan Cooper opened the scoring for Urchins in that triumph in the 30th minute, with Marks scoring a second for the visitors nine minutes later.

Lewwis Spence then netted in the 64th minute to cap an impressive away win for the Bridge Avenue club.

And McFarlane feels the results for his team over the past week have been nothing short of flawless.

“If you could have written the script for the past week, you would have written it just like that,” he added.

“To beat Burgess Hill away from home, then follow it up by beating Folkestone was a perfect week.”

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