McFarlane pleased to see Hornchurch come through wind unscathed

PUBLISHED: 17:00 18 November 2015

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Urchins manager claims blustery weather made game play like it was on waterlogged pitch

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane said he breathed a sigh of relief after seeing the wind play havoc in his team’s 2-1 win at Cheshunt in the Ryman North.

The remnants of Storm Barney were fully felt at Theobolds Lane with both teams having to contend with strong gusts throughout the match.

A second half brace from Joey May put Urchins 2-0 up before the Ambers snatched a consolation goal through George Pullen in stoppage time.

McFarlane was understandably delighted the wind did not stop his team from notching a third straight win but did appear to have sympathy for both sets of players, especially the two shot stoppers.

“It was such a blustery night, it was like playing on a waterlogged pitch because the ball didn’t run true. It was a nightmare for both goalkeepers,” said McFarlane.

“People pay money to watch football matches but I wouldn’t have last night and I love football. The wind was the worst I’ve seen during my time in football.

“It was one of our better performances this year given the conditions. Sometimes playing in that weather can go against but I thought the scoreline was a fair reflection.”

After a goalless first half, May first struck in the 60th minute before adding a second in the final minute of the match.

McFarlane believes both strikes were just reward for the midfielder’s display although he was believes May had the chances to be celebrating a hat trick.

“Joe’s goals were both deserved. Despite the wind, i thought his passing and set pieces were superb at Cheshunt,” added McFarlane.

“It was a really good display but he should have had a hat trick - he missed one from half a yard! He score one with his left and one with his right so he only needed a header for a perfect one too.”

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