Not a gr-eight night for Hornchurch
PUBLISHED: 12:30 06 November 2015
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McFarlane reflects on Essex Senior Cup exit
Hornchurch’s Jimmy McFarlane admitted his side’s 8-0 defeat at Colchester in the Essex Senior Cup was ‘unacceptable’ – but says he lost more sleep over the derby defeat to Romford a week earlier.
Urchins conceded three goals in a four-minute spell early in the first half at the Weston Homes Community Stadium and shipped five more after the restart.
The humbling loss made it four in a row – in four different competitions – after losing 3-2 in the FA Trophy to Met Police at the weekend, but McFarlane was not beating himself up about it.
He said: “It was really strange, but I felt worse after the 1-0 loss to Romford.
“The biggest disappointment for me was the fact that we looked so nervous, for a side that has been doing alright this season.
“It was the nature of the goals we conceded. Five or six were down to poor defending, in all areas. Elliot Styles was unavailable due to work and our young defence missed his stability and experience. They’re all good players, but they needed his calming influence.
“I take the Essex Senior Cup seriously, but it’s not the most important competition this year.”
Hornchurch fell behind to an eighth-minute penalty from Drey Wright, with Dion Sembie-Ferris and Jack Curtis netting a minute apart to make it 3-0 with barely a quarter of an hour gone.
Tobi Joseph headed over for Urchins early in the second half, before Macauley Bonne made it 4-0 and Connor Witherspoon scored an unfortunate own goal.
Wright added the sixth, before Bonne scored twice in the last 15 minutes to complete a hat-trick, as George Purcell lifted a late chance over from close range.
McFarlane added: “We had a good chat to get it sorted there and then. We spoke for about 45 minutes, there were no tea cups thrown, but I told them it was an unacceptable scoreline and we’re better than that.
“We’ve had three losses against higher opposition, but that’s no excuse. The FA Cup is all about the finances and our performance in the FA Trophy was good against Met Police.
“It was a performance that warranted more, but we were not helped by the referee. There were some contentious decisions which led to their goals. We had chances and scored two good goals, but it’s frustrating to be beaten when you can’t do anything about it.
“Our season has always been about promotion. We had a nice run in the FA Cup and it would’ve been nice to have a run in the FA Trophy, but we can get our heads down now and focus on the league.”
n The Romford Referees’ Society will give local officials a chance to get tips and advice from respected official Keith Yeo at their latest monthly meeting on Monday.
Yeo is a former Football League assistant referee and will give a talk titled ‘Mentoring’ for local referees and those interested in taking up the whistle.
The meeting at Harold Wood Sports Pavilion kicks off at 8pm.
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