McFarlane happy Hornchurch do ‘enough’ to beat Phoenix Sports

PUBLISHED: 11:09 15 October 2015 | UPDATED: 11:09 15 October 2015

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (pic; Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (pic; Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Urchins boss believes recent efforts caught up with team in narrow win

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane was pleased his team prevailed in what turned out to be a surprisingly tight game in the Ryman North against Phoenix Sports.

The sides have already met twice in league and cup this season, with Hornchurch winning both and scoring nine goals in the process.

It was a different story at Bridge Avenue on Tuesday though as the Urchins squeezed past Sports thanks to Tobi Joseph’s 12th goal of the season.

But having beaten title rivals Cray Wanderers and progressed past Worthing United in the FA Cup in the past week, McFarlane believes the effort in those games may have tekn their toll on his team.

“It wasn’t the best from us. I thought we were a bit tired and jaded after a couple of massive games against Cray and Worthing,” said McFarlane.

“Those two games took it out of us but we defended very well and I don’t think they had a shot on target.

“At 1-0, it’s always nervy so I’m glad we were able to come out of it with three points.”

The win over Phoenix allowed Hornchurch to move within six points of Cray at the top of the Ryman North standings with two games in hand.

Despite the Urchins’ lofty position, McFarlane refuses to get carried away just yet.

“Christmas is when things start to sort themselves out,” he added. “It’s when you know who is aiming for the top, who is happy in the middle and who will be fighting at the bottom,

“If we are still competing at the top of this league then, I’ll be a happy man. Hopefully we’re still in the FA Cup too!”

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