Ryman North: Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane not surprised by Jed Chouman’s match-winning strike against Soham Town Rangers
PUBLISHED: 16:00 23 February 2017 | UPDATED: 16:29 23 February 2017
Urchins defender nabbed vital goal last weekend, his third of the season
Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane says he was not surprised Jed Chouman struck a crucial goal against Soham Town Rangers in the Ryman North last weekend.
Chouman netted the game’s only goal in the 61st minute to hand Urchins all three points at Bridge Avenue.
It was just the defender’s third goal of the season in all competitions, but McFarlane insists Chouman’s strike last weekend should not be as big a surprise as it seems.
“I can understand why some people might have thought of Jed as an unlikely scorer, but if you watched him week in, week out, you’d have seen the goal was coming,” he said.
“He’s a good striker of the ball and he keeps getting himself into good positions. He probably should have scored in each of the last six games!
“We need goals from all over the pitch – that’s why I signed Teddy Nesbitt – as we can’t afford to rely on just our strikers to score the goals.”
Victory saw Hornchurch stay just six points adrift of leaders Maldon & Tiptree with only 11 games left for both sides this season.
Against a struggling Soham side, though, Urchins may have wanted more reward to boost their goal difference.
But McFarlane was just happy to take all three points and boost his side’s promotion hopes this campaign.
“It was probably the most comfortable 1-0 win I have ever seen,” he added.
“We were camped in their half for 90 minutes and created a lot of chances.
“The only criticism I have of us is that we tried to walk the ball into the net, but even if we did score more, we’d still have only got three points.”
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