Bostik North: Colin McBride calls on Hornchurch to match effort and endeavour of title rivals Bowers & Pitsea

PUBLISHED: 13:30 23 March 2018

Hornchurch assistant Colin McBride (left) and Dave Collis give instructions at Bridge Avenue (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

Hornchurch assistant Colin McBride (left) and Dave Collis give instructions at Bridge Avenue (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

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The top two teams in the Bostik North go head-to-head at the Len Salmon Stadium this evening with plenty at stake

Hornchurch assistant manager Colin McBride has praised Bostik North title rivals Bowers & Pitsea ahead of tonight’s clash and told his side what he expects of them.

The Urchins make the trip to the Len Salmon Stadium this evening for a 7.45pm kick-off knowing an away win would go a long way to confirming them as champions.

A Brad Warner goal 10 minutes from time handed Hornchurch a 1-0 victory the last time the two teams met at Bridge Avenue on October 14.

This could be an even more tense affair with Rob Small’s side 10 points off Urchins having played a game more and in mixed form after drawing with Norwich United on Saturday and losing at Barking on Tuesday.

But McBride said: “Just because Bowers have had a little dip doesn’t mean anything. I think they’ve been excellent all season. They’ve been excellently managed and they are punching above their weight I guess.

“People go on about budgets, I only know ours, but Bowers have done extremely well since coming up two years ago and I know if we don’t match their work rate and effort, we will be in for a hard night.

“But we will do everything we can to make sure we do match them and if that’s the case, hopefully the quality we have in goalscoring areas will see us over the line.

“To be perfectly honest, and I don’t want to go there negative, but thinking about it a draw isn’t the worst result in the world for us, whereas they have got to win. They have got to win, but we haven’t.”

Hornchurch have failed to kick a ball in anger over the last seven days, but saw a lot of other results go their way.

Mildenhall Town were due to visit Bridge Avenue on Saturday, but the fixture was postponed and so Urchins were able to sit back and watch their rivals do battle.

It largely worked out well for them as Bowers dropped points and Canvey Island lost at Bury Town and then on Tuesday, Barking beat Bowers, Haringey Borough could only draw with Ware and Maldon & Tiptree lost to Potters Bar Town.

Urchins will go back to focusing on themselves this evening and McBride is looking forward to playing under the lights.

He added: “Bowers asked us if we could go there on a Friday and we have Aveley coming to our place on a Friday night in a few weeks, so it is something which works well.

“It has worked for Aveley this season and they were the instigators of it I suppose and their crowds have gone up.

“I know when we played at Parkside they had around 400, so you do get the floating supporter who can go and watch a game neutrally. It’s under the lights, so it should be good, but we are under no illusions about how tough it will be against Bowers.”

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