Ryman North: Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane praises hat-trick hero Leon McKenzie after success at Heybridge Swifts

PUBLISHED: 12:00 28 February 2017

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane congratulates Leon McKenzie after his hat-trick at Heybridge Swifts (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane congratulates Leon McKenzie after his hat-trick at Heybridge Swifts (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Urchins boss delighted with in-form attackers latest treble

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane admits his side were not at their best despite winning 3-0 at Heybridge Swifts in the Ryman North on Saturday.

Leon McKenzie hit his fifth hat-trick of the season to guide Urchins to success, while there was another clean sheet for keeper Sam Mott.

And McFarlane was happy to claim the points despite knowing the display could have been better, but admits at this stage in the season, it is just about winning.

“It was a pleasing result as we were not at our best in terms of the performance,” said the Hornchurch boss

“We kept a clean sheet and scored three goals, so all in all it was a pleasing afternoon for us.

“At this stage in the season, it is not about displays so much, it is about getting results and we did just that.”

McKenzie’s latest treble was also his third of 2017, taking the red hot attacker to 12 goals in 11 matches since the turn of the year.

And McFarlane is understandably delighted to see his one of his most potent threats regularly among the goals at such a crucial stage of the season.

“It’s 33 for the season now for Leon and he has been in brilliant form in recent weeks,” he added.

“People forget he’s 32 years old, but the finish for the second goal was top quality. I hope his good form continues for a while yet.”

Saturday also saw Hornchurch stopper Mott his fifth clean sheet in 2017 and his second consecutive shut-out.

With McKenzie up top and Mott in goal, it seems Urchins have quality in the right areas, but McFarlane insists his squad’s good form is down to strong team displays.

“It’s not just about Sam and Leon at either end of the pitch, it’s about the other players helping out too, it’s been a real team performance in recent weeks,” he said.

“Since Christmas, we’ve been superb as a unit and we seem to be coming into form at just the right time.”

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