All positive for Urchins

PUBLISHED: 17:00 19 June 2015

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

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

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Five more staying at Hornchurch but successful striker Martin Tuohy bids farwell

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane has revealed five more players from last year’s squad will remain at the club.

Urchins boss confirmed captain Elliot Styles, defender Billy Coyne, midfielder Danny Johnson and wingers Junior Luke and Tobi Joseph will be returning to Bridge Avenue for the 2015/16 season in Ryman North.

That news came after it was revealed forward Martin Tuohy has left Hornchurch to join Canvey Island after a five-year stay where he scored 79 goals and made 201 appearances.

Although a blow to lose the 30-year-old striker, McFarlane hopes the extra work his players have been putting in will pay off when the season starts.

Various members of the Hornchurch squad have been training since the season ended to ensure success.

“Joey May has been training all summer because he had an injury-hit season last year,” revealed McFarlane.

“I hope the work Joey, Danny Johnson, George Purcell and the others are putting in pays off.

“They have all been coming back and working with my son Ricky and I hope their performances show the extra work they have put in, because nobody makes you come back.

“This is meant to be your rest period, but the other week we had nine players training. That is the type of attitude we are going to need and what every manager wants from his players.

“Lets hope the old saying ‘the harder you work, the luckier you get’ is the case for us this season because the boys have certainly been working hard.”

Scoring was also an issue for Urchins last year as they found the back of the net just 46 times in the Ryman Premier.

Although the departure of Tuohy is a loss, a forward duo of Purcell and David Knight should result in plenty of goals at Bridge Avenue next season.

McFarlane added: “We had to address our lack of goals and we hope we have by signing David and Calvin Poku. The other thing we need to do now is add more goals from other areas.”

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