Urchins boss: Tanners were better than us

PUBLISHED: 15:30 04 March 2015

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane (pic: Ray Lawrence/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane (pic: Ray Lawrence/TGSPHOTO)

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Ryman Premier: Hornchurch 1 Leatherhead 3

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane was brutally honest after watching his side lose to Leatherhead in the Ryman Premier last night and insisted the visitors deserved their victory.

Tobi Joseph opened the scoring at Bridge Avenue, but Jerry Nnamani levelled the scores before the break by heading home following a Tanners set piece.

And Vasileios Karagiannis put the away team ahead in the 72nd minute with an excellent free kick, although the decision to award a foul against Urchins was contested by the home team.

No more goals were forthcoming until Elliot Styles put through his own net on the stroke of full time to consign Hornchurch to a defeat.

“I thought they were better than us and it is not often that I can say we haven’t deserved anything from a game this season, but that was the case,” said McFarlane.

“We can’t blame the officials because we need to defend set pieces better because that is five of the last six goals we have conceded that have come from us not defending free kicks better.

“We worked hard and it wasn’t anything to do with a lack of endeavour, but I don’t think we did enough to win the game.”

It started well for Hornchurch with Joseph scoring after four minutes, but they couldn’t build on that opener.

There was confusion over the goal as well with Kieron Bishop being attributed with it originally before it was confirmed as Joseph’s.

McFarlane added: “Kieron did what any good forward does and followed it up, but it was Tobi’s goal - it was already over the line.

“Tobi should have had two more to be fair as he got himself into a great position for a header, but just mistimed his jump.

“Overall I thought Leatherhead were cleverer than us last night and they put the ball into better areas.

“It wasn’t for a want of trying because we had a go, but it just didn’t click for us for whatever reason.”

Hornchurch: Mott, Homans, Bourne, Styles, Johnson, Curley, Joseph, May (Nwachuku 76), Bishop (Tuohy 82), Purcell, Luke.

Unused substitutes: Gogo, Coyne, Chafer.

Attendance: 118

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