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FA Cup is all about us earning money says Hornchurch manager McFarlane

PUBLISHED: 11:00 13 September 2018

Brad Warner of Hornchurch scores the first goal for his team and celebrates during AFC Hornchurch vs Harrow Borough, Emirates FA Cup Football at Hornchurch Stadium on 8th September 2018

Brad Warner of Hornchurch scores the first goal for his team and celebrates during AFC Hornchurch vs Harrow Borough, Emirates FA Cup Football at Hornchurch Stadium on 8th September 2018

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Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane said the FA Cup is all about bringing money back into the club after sealing a 1-0 victory against Harrow Borough in the first qualifying round.

George Purcell of Hornchurch evades Shaun Preddie of Harrow during AFC Hornchurch vs Harrow Borough, Emirates FA Cup Football at Hornchurch Stadium on 8th September 2018George Purcell of Hornchurch evades Shaun Preddie of Harrow during AFC Hornchurch vs Harrow Borough, Emirates FA Cup Football at Hornchurch Stadium on 8th September 2018

A 49th-minute goal from Bradley Warner sealed the Urchins’ win against the Evo-Stik Southern Premier South side and their progress into the second qualifying round of the prestigious cup competition.

The club also managed to bag themselves £6,000 in prize money thanks to that victory.

“That’s what the FA Cup is all above for clubs at our level, and the next one goes up again, so it’s about raking back in as much money as possible,” McFarlane said.

“That’s what every side at our level is trying to do, none of us think we’re going to win it, but we all think the further we go, the more money we get.”

The boss also revealed he was always anticipating there would only be one goal in the match and he was delighted his side managed to grab it.

“I said at half-time it was always going to be decided by one goal and that’s not me being a medium or anything, but it was a tight game,” he added.

McFarlane also heaped praise on attacker Warner, who netted the winner when a long ball from the right landed at his feet on the other side of the area.

Warner sidestepped a defender, but appeared to have left it too late, before he fired hard into the net for the only goal of the game.

“It was a very tight game, but a little bit of quality from Bradley Warner, and some great defending from us and we saw the game out after that.”

Hornchurch will now host Bostik South East side East Grinstead Town in the second qualifying round on September 22, after the draw was made on Monday afternoon.

And they will be keen to progress through another round of the competition and bag a futher £9,000 in prize money, with McFarlane admitting it is a good draw for his side.

“I’ll let you know next Sunday,” he joked.

“It could have been harder as National League South clubs have come into it, so we’ll take that all day long.

“The draws are only good once you’ve played the game, but it’s a winnable one without getting carried away. It could’ve been Chelmsford or one of the big National League South clubs.”

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