Urchins boss praises performance against Concord

PUBLISHED: 11:30 27 February 2015

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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McFarlane reflects on defeat and stress need for strikers to start scoring

Danny Johnson of Hornchurch challenges Lewis Taaffe of Concord (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Danny Johnson of Hornchurch challenges Lewis Taaffe of Concord (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch unfortunately failed to reach the Essex Senior Cup final after Conference South Concord defeated them 2-0 at Bridge Avenue on Tuesday.

Matt Fry scored just before the hour mark for the Beachboys before Gary Ogilvie added a second a minute from time.

Hornchurch striker George Purcell (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)Hornchurch striker George Purcell (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

Urchins manager Jimmy McFarlane said: “It was fairly even until they scored the first. It was a bad goal to give away from our point of view.

“Their goalkeeper has made a good save from George Purcell in the first 10 minutes and he missed another one before Sam Mott made a good save for us.

Kieran Bishop of Hornchurch on the attack against Bognor (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)Kieran Bishop of Hornchurch on the attack against Bognor (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

“Concord are a good side and their league position in the Conference South shows that. I was disappointed with the first goal, but not the performance.”

Hornchurch were without various key first-team players, McFarlane adding: “Frank Curley was suspended and Alex Bentley is still out injured.

“Billy Roast rung me at half past 10 and had sickness. Chris Bourne rang me at half four to say he had been sent home from work with sickness as well.

“Nnamdi Nwachuka got stuck in a meeting and didn’t get here until after half time, so we had a makeshift team out.

“But overall I was pleased with the performance.”

Urchins failed to find the net for the third consecutive match on Tuesday night and McFarlane has called on his strikers to start scoring again.

He admitted he needs goals from Kieron Bishop and Martin Tuohy, but also wants everyone else in the team to chip in if they are to move away from the bottom four in the Ryman Premier.

“Defensively we are in the top five of the league for least goals conceded, which is a brilliant achievement,” said McFarlane.

“We need more goals from all areas. In fairness to George, he has been the only one scoring. He has been scoring all season.

“Kieron hasn’t found his feet and is still finding it hard to adapt because it is quicker and you get less time on the ball when you move up through the leagues.

“Martin has been so unlucky to have two injury plagued seasons, which has affected his goalscoring. He is working hard, but at the end of the day your work rate doesn’t win games.

“All three (Purcell, Bishop and Tuohy) need to hit the target and be more clinical in front of goal over the next 15 games.”

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