Margate postponement was ridiculous says Hornchurch boss

PUBLISHED: 10:30 30 January 2015

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic:Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic:Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

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Bridge Avenue manager felt sorry for Urchins supporters who made the trip

Hornchurch were due to face Margate in the Ryman Premier last weekend, but the match at Hartsdown Park was called off less than an hour before kick-off.

McFarlane revealed he was disappointed for Urchins supporters and frustrated after their Essex Senior Cup quarter-final tie against Redbridge at Oakside, a few days before the trip to Gate, was also postponed just before play was set to start.

“I thought the Margate postponement was ridiculous,” he added.

“That and Redbridge were never playable. Redbridge wasn’t that far, but two of my coaches were working up in Birmingham and came down for that.

“The Margate match being off doesn’t cost the players, but a lot of our fans paid a lot of money to go there so it is them I feel sorry for.

“We wanted to play it because we played very well at Maidstone and Margate weren’t in the best of form, but it wasn’t to be.”

That game is now set to be played during a midweek night in March, which is difficult for Urchins fans.

McFarlane added: “We are waiting for the game to be pencilled in.

“It is awkward for everyone on a Tuesday night, but it is what it is and we have more important issues to worry about.”

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