Hornchurch boss McFarlane not concerned after falling to a fifth defeat

PUBLISHED: 15:00 25 October 2018

Nana Boakye-Yiadom of Hornchurch and Jack Parter of Tonbridge during AFC Hornchurch vs Tonbridge Angels, Bostik League Premier Division Football at Hornchurch Stadium on 20th October 2018

Nana Boakye-Yiadom of Hornchurch and Jack Parter of Tonbridge during AFC Hornchurch vs Tonbridge Angels, Bostik League Premier Division Football at Hornchurch Stadium on 20th October 2018

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Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane feels there isn’t anything that can’t be put right after his side fell to a fifth consecutive defeat in all competitions.

Having started the campaign with a 12-game unbeaten run, this was to be the Urchins toughest match of the league season so far as they took on leaders Tonbridge Angels.

And in the end they fell to a 2-0 defeat thanks to a brace from Alex Read as he netted a penalty in the 45th minute and grabbed his second on the stroke of full-time.

“There isn’t anything wrong that a win will not put right,” McFarlane said.

“This group of players are the same players that run Hampton & Richmond Borough very close in the FA Cup and beat Folkestone Invicta and Burgess Hill.

“When you’re in the middle of a mini bad spell everything is magnified, every mistake is worse, and everything just seems worse but we’re striving hard to put it right.”

The boss was pleased with his side’s reaction after their heavy 5-1 defeat to Lewes at Bridge Avenue last week but feels the penalty just before the half-time whistle killed them.

“I mean to be fair, we asked for a performance after Tuesday’s match, first-half we got it.

“We done everything apart from score, George had two glorious chances, and he was having a really good game.

“Then the penalty came and when your luck is out that knocks the stuffing out of you even more and it did because we never had the same intensity in the second-half as we did in the first-half.”

The Urchins were due to face Margate on Tuesday evening and after making the long trip down to the Kent coast the match was called off due to a floodlight going out.

“Sometimes as a manager you get a feeling about a game and I had a really good gut feeling about that one,” he said.

“The boys were buoyant and in a good mood but it wasn’t to be the floodlights went on.

“It wasn’t anybodies fault and it was just one of them things but it would have been nicer if it wasn’t so far away.”


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