Urchins boss unhappy with defending at Hampton

PUBLISHED: 16:30 23 March 2015

AFC Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

AFC Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Jimmy McFarlane felt his team could have done more at Beveree

George Purcell (centre) scored again for Hornchurch (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)George Purcell (centre) scored again for Hornchurch (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane was disappointed with the goals his side conceded on Saturday at Hampton & Richmond Borough as they lost out in a relegation six-pointer in the Ryman Premier.

George Purcell scored for Urchins at Beveree, but goals from Moussa Diarra and Duncan Culley gave the home sides all three points.

The defeat leaves the Bridge Avenue outfit one position outside the bottom four, but they do have matches in hand over their relegation rivals.

Diarra’s opening goal on Saturday came after two minutes and Hornchurch’s manager wasn’t happy with that effort or Culley’s winner 10 minutes from time.

“We have been good defensively all season, but the first just seemed to come in low and no one anticipated it,” said McFarlane.

“Then we were so deep and the lad has touched it in from a couple of yards. It is not very often I moan about our defence, but I think we could have done better with both goals on Saturday.

“If I am being brutally honest we never did enough to win the game against Hampton, but having said that we didn’t deserve to lose it.”

McFarlane felt a draw would have been fair, but he was disappointed Urchins didn’t kick on after Purcell equalised on the stroke of half time with a trademark free kick.

He also admitted not enough of his team performed and that ensured Hornchurch couldn’t take all three points back home.

“Danny Johnson, Frankie Curley and George had decent games, but a lot of the others were well below par,” admitted McFarlane.

“It was a fairly even match and although they had the lead, neither team was dominating.

“I thought after scoring it would have taken us up another gear and if we had played like we did against Lewes than I think we would have won, but we didn’t.”

It was a game where clear cut opportunities were limited, but Billy Roast could have put the away team ahead late on.

He raced onto substitute Thomas Gogo’s pass and ran into the box, however he couldn’t hit the target.

It would prove to be costly, McFarlane added: “Billy had a glorious opportunity when Gogo has put him one on one. You want those ones to fall to George or Martin Tuohy, who was on the pitch at the time.

“The thing is Sam Mott hasn’t had a save to make. They have had a couple of long shots and so have we, that have gone high, wide and handsome, but the one with Billy we should have scored.”

Hornchurch will look to bounce back when they make the trip to face Margate in the league tomorrow.

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