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Hornchurch boss McFarlane pleased with Daggers victory and Enfield draw

PUBLISHED: 10:00 23 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:17 23 August 2018

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane during Wingate & Finchley match (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane during Wingate & Finchley match (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane pleased with his side’s week after nabbing a late draw against Enfield on the weekend and their 4-2 friendly win against National League outfit Dagenham & Redbridge.

Two late goals from Brad Warner and Sean Marks earnt them a point at the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium after looking doomed until the 79th minute.

Urchins then also sealed a 4-2 win against the Daggers on Tuesday evening thanks to a brace from Theo Fairweather-Johnson and solo efforts from Tobi Coker and Leon McKenzie.

Boss McFarlane praised his side’s fight in the Enfield match as they salvaged a point out of nothing.

“In some respects it was probably more pleasing than the friendly or the Saturday before because we were out of it but our fitness showed.

“We had a bit of fortune and Brad come up with an absolute worldy and then Marksy showed all his experience, in the right place at the right time, to put the ball in.

“Probably more joy out of that than the 3-0 win against Leatherhead as we had to fight hard for it as I say it weren’t looking too rosey at one point so full credit to all the players.

“We showed great courage and belief to come from 2-0 down and if it had gone on for five or ten minutes longer we probably would have won it as we had the ascendency and they’d gone.

“They were like a boxer caught in the ring so although we only got a point, we rode our luck for a long period, but the character shown was great.”

McFarlane also praised the squad for their performances on Tuesday and singled out the youth team players that stepped up for the occasion.

“The pleasing thing for me was we had some of youth team, 17-year-olds out there, and when the game finished we three who were 16 or 17 plus the young full-back I’ve been asked to look at who are 17 as well.

“First-half we were comfortable but in the end they were always going to have a go and we had to give the lads a run out and they done themselves proud.

“It was a tough old task at 16 or 17 to play against players of that calibre and that level and if it was me and I was there age I wouldn’t be able to speak I’d be so pleased.

“The good thing is I also got minutes into Dave Collis, Leon McKenzie, Theo Fairweather-Johnson and more importantly Jordan Clark and Lewwis Spence come through the game.

“They’re brilliant things these games but when you have important players like they are you then think should I take him off.

“They’re enjoying it and want the minutes, do I take them off, and Lewwis picked up a knock but it was nothing just a bit of cramp in the end but I was about to take him off and finish the game with 10 men.”

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