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McFarlane disappointed as Thurrock strike late blow

PUBLISHED: 17:30 02 December 2015 | UPDATED: 17:30 02 December 2015

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane and Dave Collis look on from the touchline at Thurrock (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane and Dave Collis look on from the touchline at Thurrock (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Urchins manager reflects on missed opportunities after losing 2-1 at Thurrock

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane was bitterly disappointed to lose at Thurrock last night in the Ryman North, but credited their opponents for taking all three points.

Fleet took the lead at Ship Lane when Joe Christou scored against his former club after 27 minutes.

Urchins made a double substitution at half time and eventually equalised when Leon McKenzie scored 11 minutes from time.

But despite creating several opportunities to win the game, it was Thurrock who took the points when Lewwis Spence found the net in the 90th minute.

McFarlane said: “I am bitterly disappointed with last night, but without being disrespectful to other teams losing is never easy.

“But when you are beaten by one of our rivals then you can accept it a little bit more even if it was a bitter one to take.

“It was all one way traffic in the second half, but if you don’t take your chances then you can get punished and that happened.

“Fair play to Thurrock, I thought we did enough to win the game, but they took their opportunities.”

The Urchins boss stopped short of suggesting yesterday’s match was already a title clash with it taking place in December.

Hornchurch and Thurrock are third and second respectively in the Ryman North and expected to be in the top five for the long run.

While McFarlane credited last night’s opponents, he felt his team should have taken the opportunities they created.

David Knight hit the post in the first half before Elliot Styles and Junior Luke came close at the beginning of the second period.

George Purcell had one cleared off the line and McKenzie could have scored another before Fleet earned the victory.

He added: “Thurrock are a good side and them, as well as us and Cray Wanderers will be up there at the end of the season, but it is too early to call that a title match because we have such a long way to go.

“I can take getting beaten if we have put it in and we did last night, but if I am being honest our finishing just wasn’t good enough.”

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