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Urchins boss McFarlane insists they must stop using tough luck excuses

PUBLISHED: 17:00 14 November 2018

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane during Brightlingsea Regent vs AFC Hornchurch, Buildbase FA Trophy Football at North Road on 10th November 2018

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane during Brightlingsea Regent vs AFC Hornchurch, Buildbase FA Trophy Football at North Road on 10th November 2018

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Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane insists they must stop playing on the hard luck story and stamp out conceding sloppy goals after they crashed out of the FA Trophy.

Billy Hunt of Brightlingsea scores the second goal for his team and celebrates with his team mates during Brightlingsea Regent vs AFC Hornchurch, Buildbase FA Trophy Football at North Road on 10th November 2018Billy Hunt of Brightlingsea scores the second goal for his team and celebrates with his team mates during Brightlingsea Regent vs AFC Hornchurch, Buildbase FA Trophy Football at North Road on 10th November 2018

Urchins saw their hopes of a long FA Trophy run end following a frustrating 2-1 loss away to Brightlingsea Regent on Saturday.

The two Bostik Premier rivals would have fancied their chances of progressing into the third qualifying round and a close encounter occurred, but it was the hosts who claimed the win and £4,000 in prize money thanks to Billy Hunt’s brace.

“We didn’t deserve to get beat, but we’ve said that too many times this year,” McFarlane said.

“There are only so many times you can play the hard luck story and we’ve done that a few times already this year.”

The former defender feels his side put a good performance in but Hunt’s wonder goal after 70 seconds and sloppy defending cost them a result.

“It certainly wasn’t what we wanted, but the performance didn’t warrant that defeat.

“They scored an absolute wonder goal after 70 seconds, the bloke hit it from near the halfway line, noticed Callum (Chafer) was off his line and then they scored off a defensive mix up in the last five minute.

“We hit the bar twice, had an attempt cleared off the line, so the performance wasn’t the worst of the year but we got beat again.

“It wasn’t the worst performance in the world, but we’ve got to stop giving away sloppy goals.

“The problem is human errors can’t be worked on at the training ground, we were out there for ages, but it’s also hard because it’s not the same person making the same mistakes.

“It’s a real hard one to sort out, but we have to sort it out as we can’t keep giving silly goals away.”

The boss did however heap praise on the enthusiastic Urchins faithful that made the trip to North Road.

“The support we had there deserved the victory as it was absolutely top class.

“I’ve been involved in football a long time and I do always mention our supporters, but I think it was so good that even their manager mentioned it.

“We need to turn a corner and we need it quickly for these supporters as well as everyone involved at the club.”

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