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Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane pleased to see Urchins progress past Ryman North rivals Aveley

PUBLISHED: 10:30 21 August 2016

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Bridge Avenue boss reveals one of key reasons he introduced matchwinner Abs Thompson off the bench at Mill Field

Hornchurch's Abs Thompson celebrates after opening the scoring at Aveley in the preliminary round of the FA Cup (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).Hornchurch's Abs Thompson celebrates after opening the scoring at Aveley in the preliminary round of the FA Cup (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane was pleased with the professionalism of his team at Aveley in the preliminary round of the FA Cup on Friday night.

Urchins substitute Abs Thompson scored the only goal of the game at Mill Field in the 67th minute.

The winger had only been introduced four minutes earlier, but pounced after home goalkeeper Richard Robins got the ball stuck under his feet and couldn’t clear in time before Thompson slide in.

Although it was a scrappy goal, Hornchurch had good opportunities to score in the first half through George Purcell, David Knight, Nathan Cooper and Kenzer Lee.

The Millers did hit the crossbar through Abs Seymour, but it was Urchins who looked more likely to score.

“We wasn’t great but I never thought we looked like losing the game. We were against the wind in the first half, but had the better chances,” said McFarlane.

“They had the one where the boy was miles offside and got the wrong side of Nathan, but second half it was a case of when we were going to score.

“I’ve heard a few comments that Aveley thought they were unlucky. I’ve been in football a long time and I don’t see that.

“I’m always brutally honest, but never thought they were in it and especially second half. We missed some great chances from set pieces, but Abs comes on and runs around a bit and gave us something different.”

McFarlane revealed one of the reasons behind bringing Thompson on was to nullify Seymour’s impact on the game.

The ex-Romford ace, captained Aveley and played at left-back, but got forward well and impressed throughout.

By introducing Thompson, it gave the Millers defender something to think about and it was an inspired decision by Hornchurch’s manager.

“I thought Aveley’s left-back, Abs Seymour, was their best player and first half, I wouldn’t say he was threatening us, but he was giving them loads of quality,” said McFarlane.

“But Abs Thompson put him on the back foot, he couldn’t go forward because he was worried about our Abs. We know Abs is a good player and it is just about getting his fitness levels up.”

Hornchurch will now prepare to visit AFC Rushden & Diamonds in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup on September 3 after they defeated Northampton Sileby Rangers 4-3 yesterday.

Although first up for McFarlane’s men, is a trip to newly-promoted Essex Senior League champions Bowers & Pitsea next Saturday in the Ryman North.

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