McFarlane thrilled to see Hornchurch weather storm
PUBLISHED: 11:00 16 November 2015
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Urchins boss delighted with victory at Barkingside in dreadful conditions
Jimmy McFarlane was pleased his Hornchurch team took the spoils in their Ryman North clash at Barkingside as they ran out 2-1 winners despite the match taking place in dreadful weather conditions.
Gusts of up to 30 miles per hour swirled around Cricklefield Stadium while heavy rain lashed the pitch throughout.
In difficult conditions, it was perhaps unsurprising that the first half ended goalless before a David Knight brace in the 65th and 67th minutes put the visitors in front.
Baff Addae grabbed one back for Side less than a minute after Knight’s second to set up a tense finale but the Urchins were able to hang on for a second straight win in the league.
Having beaten Barkingside 9-0 and 6-0 already this season, McFarlane admits he was impressed with the progress Gursel Gulfer’s team have made in recent weeks.
“They’ve imporved massively since we last played them but the scoreline was a lot closer than it should have been. We had a lot of chances but only took two,” said McFarlane.
“It was a tough match, though, and Barkingside kept going right until the end.
“We won’t underestimate the value of the win. The weather was a bit of a leveller. Sam Mott made a great save inside 60 seconds but apart from that they didn’t threaten much.”
Addae’s second half goal was the first time Hornchurch have conceded on the road in the league in over a month and McFarlane believes it was down to a lack of concentration.
“We were disappointed with how we conceded that goal, we switched off,” he added. “We could have scored more ourselves, we had 10 chances and only took two of them.”
Aside from the win, which moves the Bridge Avenue club up to second in the standings, another positive for the Urchins was a return to action for striker Leon McKenzie.
The frontman had been absent for 14 months before coming on as a replacement in the 82nd minute and McFarlane believes McKenzie will compliment the rest of his team’s attack.
“We have two prolific marksmen in David and George Purcell. Calvin Poku is going to be a great player but is a work in progress at the moment.
“Leon isn’t match fit at the minute, he’s been doing a lot of running but has had many minutes on the pitch.
“We were down to the bare bones on Saturday so he had to play. It’s nice to have him back though and he offers something different. He’s a threat in the air.”
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