Bostik North: Colin McBride delighted after Hornchurch enjoy ‘great week’ to move one step closer to promotion and title!
PUBLISHED: 10:00 05 April 2018
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Jimmy McFarlane was present to watch the Bridge Avenue club record two crucial wins over the Easter period to go 10 points clear
Colin McBride declared Easter a great time for Hornchurch after the Bostik North leaders secured two vitally important victories.
Urchins earned a hard-fought 1-0 win on Saturday over promotion rivals Potters Bar Town thanks to Kenzer Lee’s sixth-minute goal.
It strengthened the position of the Bridge Avenue club at the top of the table and on Monday they went goal crazy in a clash with Brentwood Town.
With the weather bad, the game was moved to Aveley’s 3G surface at Parkside and Urchins grabbed an emphatic 6-1 victory.
McBride said: “We started off trying to play a different brand of football compared to the Potters Bar game.
“We went into feet a lot more because of the pitch we were playing on and it worked out well, so it was a really good win.
“We trained really well last week and players have to come along to training to make sure they play on a Saturday, but I think we had a couple of good sessions and we took it into the Easter weekend.
“Seeing Jimmy (McFarlane) at both of those games was a big plus for the players and myself and the supporters, so we’ve had a great week, but it all starts again on Saturday.”
Ahead of hosting Potters Bar last weekend, Hornchurch knew a victory for the Scholars could open the door for them to join Bowers & Pitsea in the title hunt.
But Urchins’ 1-0 win, coupled with the thrashing of Brentwood, now has them 10 points clear of the Hertfordshire club and 13 above Bowers.
After a relatively quiet run in front of goal – by their own high standards – Hornchurch found their shooting boots again on Monday against Brentwood.
Goals from Tobi Joseph and Nathan Cooper put the visitors 2-0 up after five minutes, before substitute George Purcell added a third and then Christian Assombalonga took over.
The ex-Dagenham & Redbridge forward scored three second-half goals, before Brenden Cavalier pulled one back for Brentwood in stoppage time.
McBride added: “It was good to see Christian do well and he is a very laid-back character.
“We are still getting used to him and trying to get the best out of him, but he scored a couple of cracking goals.
“We know he is a proper player and on the day we put Brentwood to the sword and played the football we know we can.”
The former Purfleet manager was equally satisfied with the result against Potters Bar and praised the effort of his players.
Although McBride conceded Hornchurch sat back too much in the second half, he was left to reflect on another crucial 1-0 win – having achieved a similar result over Canvey Island weeks earlier.
He said: “Potters Bar could have got within touching distance. I don’t think they would have caught us or can catch us, but they came into the game unbeaten in eight and the form team and I was just so pleased the players did the little things I asked them to do.”