Hornchurch victory over Hertford Town was their best performance says manager McFarlane
PUBLISHED: 10:00 06 February 2018
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Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane believes their 3-0 victory against Hertford Town was their best performance of the season.
Two goals from Theo Fairweather-Johnson gave the Urchins a commanding lead, and George Purcell added a third in the second half, to ensure a comfortable three points at Hertingfordbury Park.
The Bridge Avenue-based club now lead the Bostik North by 13 points with second-place Bowers & Pitsea having one game in hand on them.
“I will be honest and without being disrespectful to Hertford or anyone but that was our best performance of the season.
“I think Hertford are a good side and the pitch was awful on Saturday, I’m not sure how it wasn’t called off as I don’t think it was playable, but we’re glad it wasn’t.
“We looked so accomplished, so strong and so physical and it was pleasing as it was a real potential banana skin.”
Boss McFarlane heaped the praise on attacker Fairweather-Johnson once again after he netted twice to make it five goals in his last two matches.
“He had an excellent game, he played up top in the first-half and then played out wide on the right in second half, after we changed the shape and a few things round at the break,” he said.
“What impresses me so much about Theo is that he doesn’t have to be encouraged to work hard he just does it.”
The club’s top goal scorer Purcell sealed the victory as he planted a penalty firmly into the back of the net in the 70th minute after Alex Bentley was brought down in the area and McFarlane praised the striker on his spot kick.
“The pitch looked bad from the side but it was ten times worse when they walked out onto it and it was always going to be hard to take a penalty on.
“We know George can kick a ball and it was just a terrific penalty, exactly how I like them taken as well, as he just smashed it home.”