Ryman North: Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane angry following defeat to Bowers & Pitsea

PUBLISHED: 17:00 25 April 2017

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Urchins boss far from happy after ending regular season with big loss

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane was disappointed with his team’s display as they slipped to a 4-1 loss at home to Bowers & Pitsea in the Ryman North on Saturday.

Leon McKenzie had put Urchins ahead in the 17th minute, but that was as good as it got as they crashed to a second consecutive defeat in the league.

And boss Jimmy McFarlane acknowledged it was not the best preparation with a play-off semi-final to come away to Thurrock on Wednesday night.

“I was very disappointed with the performance against Bowers. We left a few players who had a knock or a niggle out with the play-offs in mind, but that’s no excuse,” he said.

“It’s not often that I’ve said we haven’t put a shift in, but against Bowers on Saturday, we didn’t.

“It’s not the preparation I would have chosen, but the play-offs are one-off games and we’ve been on a good run since Christmas. It would have been nice to send the fans home pleased, but credit to Bowers.”

Saturday’s defeat could have a demoralising effect on Hornchurch ahead of their trip to Thurrock tomorrow night.

But McFarlane is confident his team can quickly move on from the loss as they look to reach the play-off final for a second year in succession.

“I’ll have to pick the boys up a bit, but they still have the belief to go out there and do the job against Thurrock, so they will still be confident,” he added.

“The Bowers loss in terms of the score was our worst loss of the season and the display was probably in the top three of the worst we’ve had this season.”

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