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McFarlane: Hornchurch's best 90 minutes of season

PUBLISHED: 07:00 08 December 2015

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

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Boss hails side after beating Bury Town

Hornchurch striker George Purcell celebrates his first goal against Bury Town (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)Hornchurch striker George Purcell celebrates his first goal against Bury Town (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane hailed his side’s ‘best 90 minutes of the season’ after their 3-0 win against Ryman North promotion rivals Bury Town at Bridge Avenue.

The win was tainted by a serious injury to Tobi Jospeh, who has since had an operation on a broken leg, but McFarlane is optimistic he will see the winger back in action eventually.

“He’s broken his fibula and tibia, but at the moment he’s in good spirits,” said McFarlane.

“Injuries to any player are hard to swallow, but especially to Tobi because he is such a nice lad.

Joe May of Hornchurch puts pressure on a Bury Town rival as Elliot Styles looks on (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)Joe May of Hornchurch puts pressure on a Bury Town rival as Elliot Styles looks on (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

“I’m sure we’ll see him running around on a football field in the future – he’ll bounce back. It really took the gloss off our best 90 minutes of the season.”

Three goals in the space of nine first-half minutes were enough to safely secure a win for the Urchins, including a header from captain Elliot Styles and a brace for hot-shot George Purcell.

McFarlane is particularly pleased that the team’s work on set-pieces is paying off, adding: “We made a good side look very ordinary and the game was over after that 10-minute spell.

“The year we got into the play-offs we were scoring a lot of goals, but not from set-pieces and so we have worked a lot on that this year.

Billy Coyne of Hornchurch in action against Bury Town (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)Billy Coyne of Hornchurch in action against Bury Town (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

“We have people who are capable of scoring goals if the delivery is right and for the first goal it certainly was.

“After that I was desperate to keep a clean sheet because that breeds confidence in the back four.”

The form of Purcell has also impressed, with the striker now having found the net five times in the last three games.

And the Hornchurch manager has remarked on how confident his leading scorer appears, adding: “I think that crossbar is still shaking from his second goal!

“He’s got so much confidence in his own ability and he had a chance for a third where my staff think he should have squared it, but I don’t mind because he scores more of them than he misses.”

After a blank midweek Hornchurch return to action with a trip to struggling Heybridge Swifts on Saturday, looking to maintain their promotion push towards the top of the table.

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