Bostik North: Brad Warner pays tribute to Hornchurch’s clean sheet club after his goal helps seal title
PUBLISHED: 15:00 19 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:00 19 April 2018
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The summer signing has been a key part of Urchins’ success, but lauded the efforts of the squad after Tuesday’s win over Mildenhall Town
Brad Warner believes Hornchurch are capable of doing well in the Bostik Premier next season and praised the defensive efforts of goalkeeper Sam Mott and Co after clinching promotion and the title this week.
The attacker, who moved to the club last summer from league rivals Bowers & Pitsea, scored Urchins second goal during their 2-0 win over Mildenhall Town on Tuesday.
Hornchurch only need a point to clinch the title, but claimed all three and also kept their 23rd clean sheet of the season in all competitions.
Not only have Jimmy McFarlane’s team scored plenty, they’ve also been hard to break down throughout the campaign.
Warner said: “We can definitely compete in the Bostik Premier. We have been solid all year and the clean sheet we got on Tuesday was our 23rd of the season, so that proves how solid we have been.
“We know we have goals in us, so the step up won’t be a problem. We know we can compete and with a few more additions, we might even be able to challenge for the play-offs.”
Urchins have scored over a 100 times in all competitions this season, but in the league they have found the net on 92 occasions, so there is at least one target in mind during the final three games of the campaign.
Warner has chipped in with 16 while George Purcell leads the way with 24 and not too far behind the pair are Theo Fairweather-Johnson (15) and Leon McKenzie (13).
It enhances the talk Hornchurch’s title success really has been all about the team and not individuals.
“We have spread the goals around which is good. We have had a lot of strikers this year and we have seen some go and some come in, but everyone has chipped in,” said Warner.
“Ideally I would have liked a few more, but hopefully I can reach 20. We have three games left, so that is my target.”
The former Thurrock ace has netted three times in his last two games, though is slightly unhappy with his current tally.
But Warner’s strike on Tuesday was special, with the winger cutting inside from the right and curling home from 25-yards.
He added: “It is about time! I am disappointed I haven’t been able to score goals like that more often and earlier in the season.
“Last year I was doing that on a number of occasions, but it is nice to get over the line and get a goal on the day we did it.”
Promotion was confirmed on Saturday with a 6-1 win at Witham Town and there were emotion scenes at full time as the players raced over to boss McFarlane in the stand.
McFarlane is currently recovering from suffering a stroke on February 19 and Warner is thrilled to see him doing well.
“We have dealt with all sorts of things this season and obviously we are glad to see Jim back now and I think we handled that particular time well,” said Hornchurch’s impressive winger.
“Everyone was worried about him, but all season we have been solid and dealt with everything that has come our way.
“We are chuffed to get promotion and the title done for Jim. I was speaking to him before the Mildenhall game briefly and it is nice to have him back around.
“Hopefully now he can watch the rest of the games and enjoy them even more now we are over the line and there is no pressure.
“He was tremendous before the ordeal he went through and he has come back fighting strong just like we knew he would.”