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McFarlane praises 'brilliant' Hornchurch after Thamesmead draw

PUBLISHED: 13:00 22 December 2015

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane and Dave Collis look on from the touchline at Thurrock (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane and Dave Collis look on from the touchline at Thurrock (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Urchins boss thrilled with showing despite only picking up point at the Mead

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane said his team’s display in their 1-1 Ryman North draw at Thamesmead Town filled him with pride.

The Urchins bossed much of the game, but fell behind in the 66th minute after Paul Vines had put the visitors ahead.

But the visitors earned a well-deserved point in stoppage time when Leon McKenzie popped up to score.

Despite the result, McFarlane was delighted with his team’s showing, hailing it as one of their best of the campaign to date.

“I thought we did enough to win. Along with the win against Bury Town, that was our best performance of the season so far,” said McFarlane.

“We dominated the match for long periods and hit the crossbar on numerous occasions, but also missed a few chances ourselves.

“It was a poor goal to concede but I’m proud of the effort of each and every player for us last night.”

McKenzie has been in fine form for Hornchurch since returning from a lengthy lay-off and his goal was just reward for a fine display against the Mead.

But boss McFarlane insists that it was a collective effort from the team that secured the point which keeps Urchins third in the table over Christmas.

“Leon had been out for a long time and we threw him in to start against Thamesmead. We almost took him off, but he seemed to get a second wind,” added McFarlane.

“We were camped in their half at the time and were getting a lot of balls into their box and it was great for Leon to score.

“But I don’t want to single anyone out because to a man they were all brilliant.”

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