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Bostik North: Colin McBride praises champions Hornchurch, but knows there will be changes over summer

PUBLISHED: 17:00 04 May 2018

Hornchurch interim boss Colin McBride and player-coach Dave Collis issue instructions from the touchline at Witham Town (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

Hornchurch interim boss Colin McBride and player-coach Dave Collis issue instructions from the touchline at Witham Town (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

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Urchins have started preparing for life back in Bostik Premier

Assistant manager Colin McBride praised the Hornchurch squad for winning promotion from the Bostik North this season, but knows there will be some changes over the summer.

Urchins won the title this term to secure a return to the Bostik Premier after three campaigns away.

It was a terrific effort from the squad assembled at Bridge Avenue as they finished 13 points clear of Potters Bar Town in second.

McBride expressed his delight at how well the team fared this season, but knows there will be some alterations over the summer ahead of Hornchurch’s first season back in the Bostik Premier.

“There are always casualties at the end of the season, with players either wanting to move on themselves or being let go by their club,” he said.

“The squad have been fantastic this season, but we know we are going to have to add to it for next season.

“Jimmy and I will be going through our list of targets in the next week or so and then work will start on trying to bring them in.

“We’re going up to another league next season, so we know we have to improve but we’ll only see if we have enough once we start playing games at that level.”

Hornchurch have already secured the services of Nathan Cooper for next season, while Kenzer Lee and Sam Mott are both close to committing.

All three have been key players for Urchins this term and will hope to play a big part next season back in the Bostik Premier.

But McBride was coy about what the Bridge Avenue club hope to achieve in their first season back in the seventh tier of English football.

“There’ll be a chat with the board about the budget which will have an impact on ambitious, and Jimmy and I will have chat to see what we think we can achieve,” he added.

“At the very minimum, we will be competitive and we hope we can entertain the fans too.

“Sometimes winning and entertaining does not go hand in hand and I’m sure that the fans would rather us win.”

Even though the season is over, it looks set to be a busy summer for Hornchurch.

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