McFarlane annoyed after Jekyll and Hyde week for Urchins

PUBLISHED: 13:00 30 October 2015

Hornchurch midfielder Joey May tangles with his Romford opponent Jake Giddings at Bridge Avenue (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Hornchurch midfielder Joey May tangles with his Romford opponent Jake Giddings at Bridge Avenue (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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Hornchurch impress in FA Cup loss but disappoint at home to rivals Romford

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane was left to reflect on a frustrating week after seeing his team put in two type of performances, but suffer the same results – two defeats.

Urchins did brilliantly on Saturday against National League outfit Boreham Wood in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup at Meadow Park.

Mustafa Tiryaki put Wood ahead in the 38th minute with a fine strike and they could have been in front before that after Billy Clifford had a penalty saved by Urchins goalkeeper Sam Mott early in the half.

But Hornchurch came out fighting after the break and created numerous chances, they just couldn’t equalise,

The hosts all but sealed their place in the next round when Anthony Jeffrey made it 2-0 in stoppage time, before George Purcell pulled one back, but McFarlane’s men fell short.

Unfortunately they followed that display up with a poor performance at home to Romford on Tuesday night and slumped to a 1-0 loss.

McFarlane said: “I thought Joey May was our best player on Tuesday, our only creative one.

“To be honest I think we owe our fans some home performances. I know we did well against Cambridge City in the FA Cup and have won 5-1 and 6-0 last month, but off the back of Saturday’s game we should have been buzzing for the derby!”

Hornchurch weren’t and started poorly against their local rivals at Bridge Avenue.

In the end it would cost them as a George Woodward free kick just before half time put Romford ahead and Urchins couldn’t produce any clear-cut chances in front of their fans.

McFarlane added: “The tone was set in the first five minutes.

“Junior Luke was casual and flicked a ball to Elliot Styles and then we kick it straight out and they get a throw and put it down the corner.

“We could have put 10 up front and I still don’t think we would have scored. It was a very disappointing and frustrating night for us.”

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