Ryman North: Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane delighted to stretch unbeaten run to seven with success at Thamesmead Town
PUBLISHED: 17:00 23 November 2016
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Urchins boss happy with success and performance of keeper Sam Mott
Manager Jimmy McFarlane says Hornchurch could have gone up a gear had they needed too in their 3-0 Ryman North win at Thamesmead Town.
Urchins had the game wrapped up by the break after Nathan Cooper, Ross Wall and Leon McKenzie had all found the net.
It gave the Bridge Avenue club their first win in five in the league, but McFarlane admits it was difficult for the team to get going in the second half after such a dominant first period.
“It was over as a spectacle at half-time and we could have been 6-0 up by then,” said McFarlane.
“As much as you can tell your players to keep going, there is little to motivate you in that situation.
“We could have gone up another gear if we needed too, but that’s seven games unbeaten now in the league, with six clean sheets too.”
Indeed it has been a welcome return to form between the sticks for Sam Mott, who McFarlane regularly insists is the best in the division.
The stopper has conceded just twice during Urchins’ unbeaten run, having let in seven in the previous seven.
And McFarlane is pleased Mott is proving his worth, especially when he has little to do in matches with his concentration shining through.
“Sam is the best keeper in the league and he’s recovered well after having a little shaky spell,” he added.
“He hasn’t had to do much in recent games, but what he’s had to do he has done well.
“It’s hard as a goalkeeper when you’re not involved in a game, but Sam has done well.”