Hornchurch boss McFarlane says Dorking draw feels like a defeat
PUBLISHED: 11:00 20 September 2018
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Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane says his side's 3-3 draw with big spenders Dorking Wanderers felt like a defeat despite nabbing a point against one of the Bostik Premier Division title favourites, writes Jacob Ranson.
The Urchins took an early 3-0 lead thanks to goals from Lewwis Spence, Tobi Coker, and captain Nathan Cooper but collapsed in the second half, allowing the hosts to net three times and deny them the three points.
“It felt like a defeat to be fair as we would have taken a draw beforehand as they’re the best side we’ve played this year. They’ve got a lot of money and a lot big money-type players,” McFarlane said.
“It was probably our best performance of the season, first 45 minutes, and what we told them at half-time was certainly not to sit back and hold on – it was the opposite.
“We actually said if we go out there and work harder then we can put the game to bed early on.
“We knew they were a good side and they have goals in them so we needed to go out and up our work rate, which was going to be difficult compared to the first half, as we worked really hard.
“We could have even had another couple of goals in the first half and literally minutes after half-time, George (Purcell) had a one-on-one which would have killed the game off.
“It wasn’t great the way we sort of folded in the second half and allowed them to play. I mean, in the end we were fortunate our goalie kept us in it during the last five minutes.”
The boss was still taking plenty of positives from the match and went on to praise goalkeeper Callum Chafer for his heroics in the dying minutes.
He added: “There was more positives than the negatives, the only negative was how we allowed them back into the game.
“Our football in the first half, our energy levels, and obviously the biggest bonus was Callum Chafer who put in two or three saves that wouldn’t be out of place on any TV in any game.”
Hornchurch sealed a 1-0 win against Bostik North side Basildon in the first round of the Velocity Trophy on Tuesday thanks to a goal from Bradley Warner.