McFarlane happy Ryman Premier survival is back in Urchins hands
PUBLISHED: 14:00 06 March 2015
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Bridge Avenue outfit have fighting chance of beating the drop
Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane is pleased with the progress they have made in 2015.
Urchins are fourth from bottom in the Ryman Premier and currently occupying the last relegation spot, but results have improved over the last few months and they are in control of their own destiny.
Although they defeated Bury Town 4-1 last weekend, a 3-1 loss to Leatherhead on Tuesday seems to have brought back some doom and gloom.
But McFarlane was quick to point out that they have enough quality to get clear of trouble and said: “If you go back to December and look at our position it wasn’t a healthy one. But we are back in it now and it is in our hands.
“We have to try and average two points per game, which is a tough ask, but I wouldn’t call on my players to do that if I didn’t believe they were capable of achieving it.”
Urchins would have been confident going into Tuesday’s match against the Tanners.
But the division’s form team proved too strong in the end, despite Tobi Joseph opening the scoring after only four minutes at Bridge Avenue.
The visitors were able to equalise before half time and added another midway through the second period.
Elliot Styles 90th-minute own goal concluded a disappointing night for Hornchurch as they fell to another home defeat.
McFarlane added: “We had chances, but if I am being brutally honest they were more intelligent than us with their decision making.
“When we conceded against Leatherhead you could see some of our heads went down, but they did battle on and get back into the game. We just didn’t do enough to win it.”
Despite the loss, the success at Bury has given Urchins survival hopes a huge boost.
George Purcell scored twice and Kieron Bishop also found the net – his first for the club since joining in January – and Nnamdi Nwachuku added another stunning goal to help McFarlane’s men bring home all three points.
With 13 games left, they have an excellent chance of moving away from the relegation places and Hornchurch’s manager was happy that Bishop, who signed from Ryman North side Ware, has finally got off the mark for the club.
“Kieron has been getting in good scoring opportunities, but it hasn’t been happening for him for whatever reason,” said McFarlane.
“But his hard work deserved reward and you have got to take them any way you can get them.
“He really earned that goal by using his strength to get past the defender and he did the same for our second.”
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