Ryman North: Jimmy McFarlane frustrated with Hornchurch after Witham Town draw, but pleased to see James Morrish return

PUBLISHED: 12:00 15 December 2016

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane issues instructions to his team against Witham Town (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane issues instructions to his team against Witham Town (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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Bridge Avenue outfit created enough chances to win on Tuesday, yet had to settle for a point and remain 10th in the table

Ross Wall fires Hornchurch ahead against Witham (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Ross Wall fires Hornchurch ahead against Witham (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Jimmy McFarlane was impressed with Witham Town on Tuesday night, although left frustrated with his Hornchurch side after another draw in the Ryman North.

Ross Wall put Urchins ahead at Bridge Avenue in the 17th minute after netting in the 4-0 win over Ware last weekend.

Usman Adeniji equalised for Witham on the hour mark and it finished with Hornchurch again failing to take their chances.

McFarlane said: “We were talking on Monday about our inconsistency and I feel like a broken record at the moment because I keep going over the same things.

“We started really well and could have been two or three up and then halfway through the first half Witham took control of the game.

“For the first 25 minutes of the second half they totally dominated and then we took control again near the end.

“They played some really good football and impressed me to be honest, but they didn’t have any clear cut chances.”

While goals haven’t necessarily been a problem for Hornchurch of late, scoring enough to win has been.

Leon McKenzie hit a hat-trick on Saturday during the 4-0 success over Ware with Wall also on target.

But after Tuesday, Urchins have only scored seven times in their last five games claiming two wins and three draws.

“We missed three or four good opportunities again and it is beginning to frustrate me a little bit,” said McFarlane.

“For whatever reason we are struggling to find the net and I know Saturday we got four, but apart from that it is always one or two and we are creating so many chances.

“A 1-1 draw with Witham was probably a fair result, though, because we had the opportunities and they had the possession - they were marginally better than us.”

One of the bright notes for Hornchurch was the return of energetic midfielder James Morrish after injury.

The former Hythe Town captain entered the fray in the 65th minute and helped get Urchins on top alongside fellow substitutes Gary Cohen and Ayrton Coley.

McFarlane added: “James did well when he came on. I thought we looked a bit tired in midfield. I don’t know why.

“We looked a bit jaded and had nowhere near the energy levels we had on Saturday and the substitutes made a difference.

“James, Gary and Coley came on and gave us a bit more high intensity and tempo and we took control again. It is great to have James back again because he’s a very good player.”

Hornchurch are 10th after their 11th draw of the campaign and four points off Tilbury, who occupy the final play-off position, although they do have a game in hand over the Dockers.

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