Ryman North: Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane happy to overcome tough start to beat Ware
PUBLISHED: 16:00 14 March 2017
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Urchins manager feels squad took quarter of an hour to get going before beating Blues
Hornchurch returned to winning ways in the Ryman North with a 2-0 success at Ware, much to the delight of manager Jimmy McFarlane.
First-half goals from Leon McKenzie and Kenzer Lee guided Urchins to the victory a week on from losing 2-1 at home to Cheshunt.
And McFarlane was just pleased to get the promotion push back on track, especially after a sticky opening at Wodson Park.
“We looked a little wounded in the first 15 minutes, but after that we were able to get into our stride,” he said.
“It was quite comfortable for us in the end and I felt that the score perhaps flattered Ware a little bit.”
McFarlane did admit, though, that he would have liked a few more goals in the success after Hornchurch took a 2-0 lead into half time.
The Urchins boss knew the success was guaranteed in the second half as long as they kept it tight at the back, which they did.
However, McFarlane was upset the Bridge Avenue club did not add to their lead, though does not feel it will be costly as they bid for a home play-off semi-final tie.
“I’m not a man of clichés, but I knew at half time that if we kept a clean sheet, that would be enough for us to win,” he added.
“The goals came early on, but perhaps too early as we seemed to take our foot off the gas a little and I would have liked a few more.
“I’m not too worried about the goal difference though, I’m just pleased we’re beating a team near the bottom.”
McFarlane fielded two ‘debutants’ in the match in the form of Abs Seymour and John Easterford.
Seymour was making his second Hornchurch debut after returning from Ryman Premier outfit Billericay Town, the club he left Urchins for in December.
Easterford, meanwhile, is a recent addition from divisional rivals Great Wakering Rovers and McFarlane was thrilled to add both to his squad.
“Abs went to Billericay for an offer he couldn’t refuse, but he is a top player so it was a no-brainer to sign him again when he became available,” he said.
“John is someone who I’ve admired for a while and he is a traditional centre-back in that he deals with the ball and is no-nonsense.”