Bostik North: Hornchurch only focused on hosting flying Heybridge Swifts, says Colin McBride

PUBLISHED: 15:00 06 April 2018

Hornchurch's Bradley Warner, who scored twice in the Urchins 2-0 win at Heybridge Swifts in January, holds off a Potters Bar Town opponent (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch's Bradley Warner, who scored twice in the Urchins 2-0 win at Heybridge Swifts in January, holds off a Potters Bar Town opponent (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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The Bridge Avenue club could seal promotion with a win on Tuesday at Cheshunt, but first they face Jody Brown’s in-form team

Colin McBride of Hornchurch (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Colin McBride of Hornchurch (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch are focused on this weekend’s Bostik North match with Heybridge Swifts – not next Tuesday’s encounter at struggling Cheshunt where promotion could be achieved.

Colin McBride, who is interim manager at Urchins while boss Jimmy McFarlane continues his recovery from a recent stroke, insists the squad are taking things one game at a time despite events over the last seven days.

Wins over Potters Bar Town and Brentwood Town have taken Hornchurch to within a whisker of sealing promotion, as six points over the next two games would secure their place in next season’s Bostik Premier, but first of all they have to host in-form Swifts.

“It will be a tough game and I missed the away fixture, but Jimmy said the 2-0 win was probably our best performance of the season,” said McBride.

“We still need to pick up points to win the league and get promotion and the sooner we do it, the sooner we can start to enjoy the fruits of our season, but we’ll take it one game at a time still.”

Although yet to confirm promotion, Urchins are very close and McBride believes they will play Heybridge in the Bostik Premier next season.

Jody Brown’s Swifts have enjoyed a remarkable campaign and reached the first round of the FA Cup in November and second round of the FA Trophy in January.

The consequence of their cup exploits is a big fixture pile-up now, but they remain in the play-off positions and could still take second spot.

McBride added: “I fully expect Heybridge to get promoted. I know they are still way behind when it comes to games, but they’ve been quite clever.

“Because of the cup exploits, they have been able to sign more players and I imagine they have the biggest squad in the league now and even if they can’t get second, I fully expect them to go up.

“If they make the play-offs, it all of a sudden becomes cup football and this season’s exploits will stand them in good stead for that should it happen.”

Hornchurch will hopefully not need to worry about anything like that and a win over Swifts would take them to within three points of promotion.

After recent 1-0 victories over Canvey Island and Potters Bar at Bridge Avenue, Urchins will eye another on Saturday.

“It is another big week and we have six games to go and everyone is asking ‘how many points do we need for promotion and the title?’ And the answer is who knows! It is dictated by what the other teams do,” said McBride.

“Going into the weekend we have got three knocks - Theo (Fairweather-Johnson), now Tobi Joseph and Olumide (Oluwatimilehin).

“I’m not sure if they will be back to play on Saturday and we haven’t got the biggest of squads, but we’ll go into the game with Heybridge with form and confidence and it should be a good game of football.”

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