Bostik North: Hornchurch assistant manager Colin McBride remaining calm in title race despite seeing lead cut

PUBLISHED: 18:00 28 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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Urchins now only seven points clear at summit after loss at Bowers & Pitsea last week

Assistant manager Colin McBride insists there is no need for Bostik North leaders Hornchurch to panic despite a 1-0 loss at title rivals Bowers & Pitsea last Friday.

Urchins saw their lead at the top cut to just seven points with the defeat at the Len Salmon Stadium, with Bowers leading the chasing pack in second.

The Bridge Avenue outfit, though, remain well in control of the title race and have a game in hand over both Bowers and Potters Bar Town, who are also seven points back in third.

McBride knows Urchins remain in control of their own fate in the title race, but was nonetheless disappointed not to take something from the trip to the Len Salmon Stadium.

“It was disappointing because we controlled the first half and we were bright and energetic before their goal.

“The second half was disappointing because we huffed and puffed, but couldn’t make any headway.

“The result aided Bowers in their own bid to go up, but we’re still in the best position and I’m sure everyone else in the league would trade places with us.”

By not scoring in the defeat at Bowers, Hornchurch continued a worrying spell in front of goal, scoring just twice in their last four league games.

Prior to their recent struggles in front of goal, Hornchurch had mustered 74 goals in 34 league games, averaging over two per game.

McBride admits Hornchurch’s barren run is disappointing, but knows the team have the quality going forward to be able to turn it around.

“It’s something we’ve discussed this week in training, but unfortunately for us all of our attacking players are having a lean period at the same time,” he added.

“Is that because of nerves? I’m not too sure as that is not showing in them physically.

“I know we still have boys that can score and we have plenty of attack-minded players in the squad.

“You can take what you want from the statistics and over that same spell, we haven’t conceded many goals, but we know we have to find more goals ourselves.”

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