Urchins manager Stimson is delighted with the character shown in Harlow come back

PUBLISHED: 10:00 02 January 2019

Sean Marks of Hornchurch (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Sean Marks of Hornchurch (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch manager Mark Stimson was delighted with the character shown from his side to seal his first league victory since arriving at the club.

The Urchins came back from 2-0 down to seal a 4-2 win over Harlow Town thanks to a hat-trick from Sean Marks and another from Jay Porter to cap off 2018.

And the boss felt his side started well, but failed to capitalise on a chance that fell to Lee Prescott in the 15th minute, and soon found themselves 2-0 down after goals from Emile Acquah and Matthew Foy.

“We started the game quite bright, we had a couple opportunities, one got caught under Lee’s feet in the middle of the goal,” the 51-year-old said.

“I thought we could have scored, but all of a sudden we’re 2-0 down, and they were not the best goals to give away.

“When you come to a place like Harlow, you have to be ready for a battle, and the character the boys showed after being 2-0 down was great.

“Just on half-time their goalkeeper flapped and give us a chance, we spoke about that at half-time, making sure we took the opportunity.

“2-1 we got on the front foot started putting some decent balls into the box, and when you’ve got a player like the boy Marks you’re going to have a hell of a chance of getting back into it.

“Second-half we done that so full credit to all the players, defended better second-half, the quality going into the box was better.

“We come away with a fantastic 4-2 win over a team around us in the league.”

Striker Marks returned from injury for the clash to net a hat-trick and Stimson praised the impact he has on the team.

“He is so important, the boy Nathan Cooper at the back is a massive loss, and Marks is on the same sort of wave length.

“Marks has played at a lot higher level, what he brings to the team, there isn’t many players that can bring that.

“His experience, his know-how, and knowing other people are around him and also if you feed the ball in his heading ability is second to none.

“To have him back today (Saturday) was a massive bonus, he only done a light bit of training on Thursday.

“Yesterday (Friday) I sat indoors with everything crossed that I wouldn’t get a call saying he got any reaction.

“He didn’t, we turned up and said to him give us all you can, and to last that long and score a hat-trick what a great way for him to finish 2018.”

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