Ryman North: Cheshunt deserved victory admits Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane
PUBLISHED: 16:00 09 March 2017
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Urchins manager reflects on Jason Hallett's fluke second goal and the recent departure of Craig Edwards from Billericay Town
Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane had no complaints after watching his team lose 2-1 to Ryman North promotion rivals Cheshunt last weekend.
Two goals from Jason Hallett ensured the Ambers picked up all three points at Bridge Avenue despite Martin Tuohy’s late consolation.
Hallett’s second goal occurred after a tackle between Nathan Cooper and the Cheshunt forward resulted in the ball looping over Urchins goalkeeper Sam Mott and into the net.
But McFarlane said: “When your luck is out, your luck is out and I have not often said this season that we haven’t turned up.
“Even when we have lost games we have normally given it a good go and been a bit unlucky at times, but we didn’t work hard enough on Saturday.
“They had more passion and desire than us, so you make your own luck. The second goal was how I used to hit them off my shin, but they deserved to win.”
Urchins manager admitted Cheshunt’s game plan worked perfectly and didn’t allow Hornchurch to get into their stride.
Tuohy pulled one back for the hosts in the 87th minute with fine volley, but it was too little, too late for the hosts.
McFarlane added: “We always create chances and even when we have lost games 1-0 we have, but we didn’t on Saturday.
“I can’t really remember either goalkeeper having a save to make. They scored twice and the first was a great header by Jason, but there were not many other opportunities.
“To be honest it was just one of those days where we couldn’t get going and they came with a game plan to not let us build momentum.
“Any time we looked like getting ahead of steam they would go down for a period and it would kill our flow, but they deserved the win.”
Despite the defeat, Hornchurch remain firmly in the hunt to claim promotion to the Ryman Premier this season.
They are fourth with plenty of football still to play between now and the final league game of the campaign on April 22.
If Urchins do go up, they could well renew acquaintances with old adversaries Billericay Town next season.
McFarlane won’t be doing battle with Craig Edwards, however, after he resigned as the Blues boss last Thursday (March 2).
Billericay owner Glenn Tamplin has placed himself in caretaker charge of the Ryman Premier club since.
“I have been very fortunate with the directors I have worked with during my time at Hornchurch,” said McFarlane.
“Craig did a great job at Billericay considering the resources he had, but nobody really knows the budget clubs have.
“I see so many people saying certain things about how much money teams have and I think how do you know that?
“Nobody knows and at times I do speak with players and when I find out they are earning X amount I think we can’t afford that.
“But I am fortunate to have had Colin McBride for seven years and now Alex Sharp as chairman who is another football man.
“When you see what goes on at other local clubs it does make you value what you’ve got yourself.”
Hornchurch will look to get back on track in their promotion charge this weekend when they visit 20th placed Ware.