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Going to plan for Hornchurch’s Purcell

PUBLISHED: 13:00 31 January 2014

Hornchurch striker George Purcell challenges Nicky Symons of East Thurrock (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch striker George Purcell challenges Nicky Symons of East Thurrock (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Striker refused to set goals target

When George Purcell signed for Hornchurch in June he refused to set himself a goal target – he had done that last season and jinxed himself.

The plan seems to have worked so far as the striker has been mightily impressive since joining the Urchins ranks, with his goals – and Stefan Payne’s – helping them stay firmly in the Ryman Premier Division title race.

Purcell admits his time at Bridge Avenue has gone well and he wants to continue helping the club out with goals.

He said: “When I signed for the club I just wanted to help the team do well and score as many goals as possible.

“So far it has gone really well and I just want to carry on what I’m doing.”

The former Braintree Town man has made a habit of scoring one type of goal in particular – controlling the ball on the edge of the area, creating space before rifling it high or low into the net.

It has worked wonders for the Urchins hitman this term, but he wishes he had scored a few more poacher’s goals as well.

Purcell added: “In and around the box I’ll always look to create a yard and have a shot.

“I’m not one of those strikers that scores from a few yards out, I wish I was, but mine seem to be like that (outside the area).”

Hornchurch currently lie in fifth place, four points off top spot with a game in hand, but only six points separate the top six.

Having lost three matches in a row over the festive period, Jimmy McFarlane’s men have bounced back to win their last three, including a 2-1 success at East Thurrock on Saturday, where Payne netted both goals.

Purcell is now targeting a longer run of wins to put Urchins back to the summit, having held top spot in November on the back of a 15-match unbeaten run.

“These couple of results will help us,” said the 25-year-old.

“We had a little blip which has put us down a few places, but we’ve won the last few.

“The teams around us have all got to play each other still so we’re hoping to get back up there.

“At this stage of the season a good run of winning games will be what we need to get to the top of the league.”

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