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Ryman North: Martin Tuohy insists Hornchurch are still in 'good position' despite Cheshunt loss

PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 March 2017

Martin Tuohy in action for Hornchurch (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

Martin Tuohy in action for Hornchurch (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

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Forward pleased to get on scoresheet again for Urchins and discusses Jason Hallett's bizarre second goal from Saturday's defeat

Hornchurch forward Martin Tuohy believes Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to sixth-placed Cheshunt in the Ryman North is only a minor setback.

Two goals from Jason Hallett handed Urchins a disappointing loss to a promotion rival at Bridge Avenue.

Jimmy McFarlane’s team are only nine points behind leaders Brightlingsea Regent with eight games remaining.

And one positive from Saturday was Tuohy getting on the scoresheet for the first time since resigning from Canvey Island.

He said: “I was buzzing to score my first goal since returning, but obviously the result was disappointing. We never got going against Cheshunt, but I think it was just a minor setback for us.”

Urchins were incredibly unfortunate to find themselves trailing by two goals to the Ambers last weekend.

Hallett opened the scoring after 11 minutes with a near post header, but his second was bizarre.

Nathan Cooper went to clear the ball and the Cheshunt forward blocked the clearance and the end result was a goal.

Hornchurch goalkeeper Sam Mott could only watch in horror as the ball flew over his head to double the visitors lead.

Tuohy added: “It is one of the luckiest goals I’ve ever been involved in, but I would be happy if it was me scoring it! It could make one of the blooper DVD’s now.”

McFarlane’s team remain fourth in the table and confidence is still high they can go up this season.

“We are in good position. It will be tough to win the league with eight games to go, but we have strong squad, so that will be very important,” said Tuohy.

“Everyone is going to play a part between now and the end of the season, so I’m sure I can help us achieve what we are after.”

Since rejoining the club halfway through February, Tuohy has had to settle for a role off the bench.

But after netting last weekend, the ex-Aveley striker is pushing for a start against Ware on Saturday.

The Hertfordshire club won’t make it easy for Hornchurch and fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Bury Town last night.

“Saturday will be tough match and Ware’s pitch isn’t the best, but I’m sure we will be up for putting things right following the disappointing Cheshunt result,” said Tuohy.

“If we turn up with the correct attitude and desire then our quality will show and it should be enough for us to take home the points.”

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