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Hornchurch's display delights McFarlane

PUBLISHED: 17:00 29 December 2015

David Knight celebrates his goal at Great Wakering Rovers with the Hornchurch management team (pic: Mick Kearns/TGS Photo).

David Knight celebrates his goal at Great Wakering Rovers with the Hornchurch management team (pic: Mick Kearns/TGS Photo).

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Urchins boss thrilled with 5-0 success at Great Wakering Rovers

Hornchurch goalkeeper Sam Mott catches the ball from a Great Wakering Rovers corner (pic: Mick Kearns/TGS Photo).Hornchurch goalkeeper Sam Mott catches the ball from a Great Wakering Rovers corner (pic: Mick Kearns/TGS Photo).

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane is pleased with the form his side are showing going into 2016 after romping past Great Wakering Rovers yesterday (Monday) in the Ryman North.

Alex Bentley opened the scoring after seven minutes at Burroughs Park before David Knight doubled the lead 10 minutes later.

George Purcell bagged a brace after the break before Bentley netted his second three minutes from time.

The Urchins boss was thrilled with the way his team played, but felt they were just as good at Thamesmead Town on December 21.

McFarlane said: “It was a great performance, but I think Monday’s display at Thamesmead was actually better than yesterday.

“I think we played some really good stuff, but probably had a bit more football against Great Wakering.

“From a fans point of view they want goals and excitement so it was great, but we did perform just as well at Thamesmead.

“We probably missed about the same as we scored. They started well during the first five minutes, but once we got the opener it was all us.

“George hit the woodwork twice, Knight went through and if it had been 1-0 probably would have gone down under the challenge from the last defender, but carried on and passed to George.

“Leon McKenzie missed a great chance too, but I’ll take 5-0 and the clean sheet, that always pleases me.”

While it wasn’t a surprise to see Purcell and Knight on target, Bentley goals were his first for Hornchurch in the league.

His only previous effort was during a Ryman League Cup clash at Billericay Town two seasons ago.

“They were all good goals, but my favourite was probably David’s. To get over it the way he did was brilliant technique and I would only shin them during my time,” added McFarlane.

“With George you expect composure, but the way Alex took his first one you would have thought he was the goalscorer!”

In addition to the five goals, the clean sheet was Hornchurch’s 13th of the season and McFarlane praised goalkeeper Sam Mott.

He also labelled the work rate of Urchins forwards as one of the reasons behind their good defensive record.

“I think that is 13 clean sheets now for Sam and at any level that is a great achievement,” said McFarlane.

“For me that is because he is the best goalkeeper in the league and we also have a good back four in front of him.

“I always say defending starts from the front, though, and in the last two games the forwards have worked their socks off.”

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