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Ryman North: Jimmy McFarlane praises professional Hornchurch display after beating Norwich United

PUBLISHED: 14:00 29 March 2017

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

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

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Urchins shored up their play-off place with another home success

Following his side’s 2-0 victory in the Ryman North against Norwich United on Saturday, Hornchurch Manager Jimmy McFarlane was full of good words about the team’s performance at Bridge Avenue.

Martin Tuohy netted twice in the second half for Urchins to secure the victory having been repeatedly thwarted by Planters keeper Andrew Wilton in the opening 45 minutes.

The first half lacked fluidity and was littered with errors and wastefulness from both sides, though United enjoyed the better spell of possession.

Norwich failed to find the net and capitalise on their chances, but efforts from Adam Hipperson and Christy Finch early in the match spelt danger for Hornchurch.

As the game grew on, Urchins began to get a foothold in the game and despite losing Abs Thompson through injury in the 12th minute, the introduction and positive contribution of Usman Adeniji cushioned that blow.

Tuohy could’ve put Urchins two goals ahead towards the latter stages of the first-half, but lacked the clinical edge to beat Wilton in the Planters goal.

The second half belonged to the Bridge Avenue club and Tuohy finally broke the deadlock in the 57th minute with a header after good work from Adeniji, and doubled his tally again in the 64th minute when his deflected volley crept into the United net.

McFarlane was full of praise for his team’s performance and professionalism, commeting: “Our aim was to come in at half-time 0-0 against a very strong wind.

“I thought they had a lot of pressure in the first half. Our goalie and back four were outstanding, but at half-time and 0-0, we had the two best chances.

“Second half was about as professional a performance as we’ve given all season.

“At 2-0 we had numerous chances again, but we were always comfortable. A clean sheet, two great goals, especially after losing one of our best attacking players in the first twelve minutes. all round it was a great day.

The Urchins boss has also set his sights firmly on the play-off places, adding: “We’ll just aim as high as we can. We just have to keep plugging away.

“If we’re not going to win this league, we want to finish in 2nd or 3rd spot to get home advantage for the play-offs.”

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