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McFarlane delighted to extend loan of Colchester youngster Roast at Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 15:00 25 December 2014

Billy Roast has extended his loan at Hornchurch for another three months. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Billy Roast has extended his loan at Hornchurch for another three months. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

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Urchins boss feels Roast has the potential to go all the way.

Hornchurch loanee Billy Roast has come into the backline over the last month and put in a series of strong performances, so much so that the Urchins have agreed a new three-month deal with his parent club Colchester United.

And boss Jimmy McFarlane has been delighted with the youngster, and feels he has the ability to go all the way.

“He’s a great leader and there is no doubt he will go on to play at a higher level,” he said.

“You expect a youngster to have spirit and endeavour when he comes in, but I’ve been extremely impressed with his vocalness at the back for someone of his age.

“We had a problem when Omar Beckles left, but Billy has proved to be the answer. It’s great to have him here for another three months.”

Roast was part of the defence in their goalless draw last weekend against Tonbridge Angels, their second on the spin.

And though frustrated to not be turning draws into wins, McFarlane was at least pleased to extend their unbeaten run to five games in the process.

Chances were few and far between in the encounter at Bridge Avenue and although frustrated with their fourth draw in five games, McFarlane feels the Urchins have made great strides in recent weeks.

“You cannot sniff at any unbeaten run, but sometimes it would obviously be better losing one and winning one instead of two draws,” he said.

“If we had played that game a few months ago we would have lost it, so we are making steady progress.”

It’s the first back-to-back clean sheets for McFarlane’s side this season, but the Urchins boss feels that hasn’t been the issue this season.

“Whatever partnership we have had at the back has generally performed well, that’s not been the issue,” he added.

“The one issue we have had is we have made two many costly individual errors.”

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