McFarlane delighted as Hornchurch keep cup run going

PUBLISHED: 15:30 12 October 2015

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Urchins edge closer to first round of FA Cup after seeing off Worthing United

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane was pleased with his team’s second half showing after they progressed past Worthing United to reach the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup.

The Urchins had taken the lead in the 11th minute through Tobi Joseph before the hosts levelled things up from the spot 16 minutes after a controversial penalty decision.

But a second from Joseph after the break and late goals from the prolific George Purcell and David Knight guided Hornchurch into the final stage before the first round proper.

And McFarlane was pleased the referee’s decision to award the Mavericks a penalty midway through the first half did not prove costly.

“We went 1-0 up and looked quite comfortable before the referee gave a bizarre penalty decision,” said the Urchins manager,

“The linesman flagged for a foul that was a couple of yards outside of the box but the referee pointed to the spot and it knocked the wind out of our sails.

“We went into half time under pressure but we were by far the better team after the break.”

Joseph has been in prolific form for Hornchurch this season having already grabbed himself 11 goals and McFarlane is pleased with the forward’s impact.

“Tobi has been in top form all year. We knew he had it in him to score and set him a target to 10 for the season,” added McFarlane. “We’ll have to set him a new one now!”

Hornchurch’s reward for reaching the fourth qualifying round is a trip to Boreham Wood, whose manager Ian Allinson left just hours after the draw was made.

The Wood have been struggling since winning promotion to the National League in the summer but McFarlane knows Hornchurch face a tough task to reach the first round proper.

“They are a National League side so we know they’ll be a good team and it will be a hard match.

“There’s no pressure on us though. They’re three leagues above us but we’ll play with no fear. We’re scoring a lot of goals at the minute.”

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