Hornchurch hailed after beating Ryman North leaders

PUBLISHED: 17:00 07 October 2015

Dave Collis scores the first goal for Hornchurch at Cray Wanderers (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Dave Collis scores the first goal for Hornchurch at Cray Wanderers (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Bridge Avenue boss reflects on 2-0 success, his goalscorers and defending from the front

Tobi Joesph of Hornchurch fires in a shot against Cray Wanderers (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Tobi Joesph of Hornchurch fires in a shot against Cray Wanderers (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane hailed the effort of his players after they beat Ryman North leaders Cray Wanderers for the second time this season.

Dave Collis scored just before half time at Hayes Lane before Tobi Joseph doubled Urchins advantage in the 54th minute.

The Bridge Avenue outfit might have won by more too with Jed Chouman hitting the crossbar and Harry Baker having a goal ruled out late on.

McFarlane heaped praise on his side for following the game plan perfectly and was delighted with the three points.

He said: “It was a fantastic win and thoroughly deserved as well. It was a little bit like the first match we played against them and really a game of chest. We started stronger and I had watched them before and we set up to counteract the way they play.

“They changed their shape and began to take control and it was like that for the next 25 minutes before we changed our tactics to stop their full backs.

“We went in 1-0 up at half time. It had been even and they had enjoyed more possession, but we had the better chances by that point. But second half was totally dominated by us. We hit the crossbar twice and missed chance after chance.

“Harry had an unbelievable goal disallowed for a foul throw and sometimes managers are a little bit bias, but I spoke to a few people after the match and they all said we deserved to get the win.”

It was the second time Hornchurch had beaten Cray this season, after doing so at Bridge Avenue on the opening day of the season, and McFarlane praised the effort his side put in.

He also discussed the two goalscorers and admitted Joseph’s form in front of goal has surprised even him.

“We set Tobi a target of getting 10 goals from midfield by the halfway point of the season and last night took him up to nine so we are going to have to set him a new target I think,” admitted McFarlane.

“Dave could have had two more from corners. He was exceptional and used all his experience. He should have scored again in the second half, he’ll admit that, but his first half effort capped a really good performance.

“Cray are free scoring like us so to keep a clean sheet was very impressive. We kicked one off the line and Sam Mott had another save to make, but the back four were excellent.

“I don’t like to pick out individuals, but we really defended from the front. The top two George Purcell and David Knight worked their socks off as did the midfield and it was a great effort.”

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