McFarlane frustrated by Hornchurch loss

PUBLISHED: 10:30 03 April 2017

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Defeat at Brightlingsea ends title hopes

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane cut a frustrated figure after his side’s 2-1 loss at Ryman North leaders Brightlingsea Regent.

Defeat ended any faint hopes of the title for Urchins, who remain in third place and on course for the promotion play-offs.

And McFarlane felt it was small margins which proved the difference on the day, saying: “I’m frustrated because I don’t think either side played particularly well, but they played to the conditions better than us.

“I thought we gifted them both goals, both were mistakes, and apart from that neither side really worked the goalie.

“I’m not taking anything away from them but we’ve made two mistakes and they’ve punished us. That’s football.

“Both sides weren’t great but their decision-making was better than ours. Their football wasn’t better than ours, they were no sharper or hungrier, but they put things in dangerous areas more than we did and it paid off because we made two mistakes.”

Alex Bentley’s attempted clearance hit team-mate John Easterford and fell kindly for Billy Hunt to open the scoring on 15 minutes, as Russell Malton followed up to make sure.

And Phil Kelly cut inside from the right to curl a superb second past Sam Mott on th ehour, before Leon McKenzie’s injury-time consolation.

Mcfarlane added: “We missed Kenzer Lee massively and two experienced centre-halves got caught under the ball, they went for the same ball for the first goal.

“I don’t know what happened with Alex but the boy was the wrong side of him, although I do think the bloke who tapped it in was a mile offside, but I’m not going to gripe about that.

“The second goal, we just let him have so much time. He’s known for his left foot, it’s like George Purcell, and it was just a bad day.”

A bobbly pitch and tricky wind did not make things easy for either side at North Road, but McFarlane was not looking for excuses and will look to iron out a few kinks in a midweek friendly, before next weekend’s trip to Waltham Abbey.

He added: “This time of the year, not many people have got lovely footballing surfaces. You had two teams playing on the same surface and same conditions and it’s whoever deals with it better and they dealt with it better than us.

“I don’t like losing at any time, but I can’t mope around, we’ve just got to go to Redbridge for a friendly on Wednesday and go again.”

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