Bostik North: Colin McBride pleased Hornchurch forward Christian Assombalonga netted on return to Waltham Abbey

PUBLISHED: 17:00 02 May 2018

Christian Assombalonga scores and celebrates at Witham Town (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Christian Assombalonga scores and celebrates at Witham Town (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Former Dagenham & Redbridge man opened scoring for Urchins in 2-2 draw at Abbots

Hornchurch assistant manager Colin McBride was delighted Christian Assombalonga marked his return to former club Waltham Abbey with a goal.

Assombalonga netted the opening goal for Urchins in a 2-2 at the Abbots on the final day of the Bostik North season.

The former Dagenham & Redbridge man featured for Abbey earlier this season, before moving to Bridge Avenue in January.

And McBride was pleased Assombalonga made his first return to Cappershots since leaving the Abbots a memorable one.

“Chris has done well to score as many as he has for us since coming in and he’s had to bid his time having been on the bench in some games,” said McBride.

“We all know the talent is there with Chris, it’s just a case sometimes of where to fit him into the team.

“It was a great ball in from Jed, who was making his first start after a few months away, and it was a good header from Chris.”

Assombalonga opened the scoring for Hornchurch on the stroke of half time at Abbey, but Darrelle Russell struck twice early in the second half to turn the game in favour of the hosts.

However, Theo Fairweather-Johnson scored five minutes from time to secure a share of the spoils for Urchins.

After enjoying so much success this season, McBride acknowledged it was not the best way for the Bridge Avenue side to end, but was happy to avoid defeat.

“Against Waltham Abbey, it all seemed a little flat from early on in the day and event I’ll admit I was a little more laid back than usual,” he added.

“To their credit, Waltham Abbey upped their game and were competitive, but we should have been 3-0 up at the break.

“Even after we got the first goal at the end of the first half, I thought we’d want to kick on, but it wasn’t to be.

“Drawing the final game of the season wasn’t how we wanted to end, but I’m glad we didn’t lose and the fans could go home a little happier.”

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