Bostik North: Hornchurch assistant manager Colin McBride wants to take big step towards title with victorious Easter period

PUBLISHED: 16:00 30 March 2018

Hornchurch will hope for more scenes like this over the Easter weekend (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch will hope for more scenes like this over the Easter weekend (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch assistant manager Colin McBride (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)Hornchurch assistant manager Colin McBride (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch assistant manager Colin McBride hopes they can take another giant stride towards winning the Bostik North title with two wins over the Easter period.

The Bridge Avenue club are currently seven points clear at the top of the table, and have games in hand over their title rivals.

Two wins this weekend will strengthen their position at the summit, but McBride knows just how tough it will be against a Potters Bar team who have won their last six in the league.

“Potters Bar are a team in form. We watched them recently and when we played them earlier in the season, (boss) Jimmy McFarlane was impressed by them,” he said. “Jimmy said he thought Potters Bar would be in the top six and they’re doing well.

“They’re a strong side who pass the ball about, so they will pose us a theat.”

After Saturday’s match, attention will then switch to a trip to Brentwood on Monday.

When the sides last met on New Year’s Day, Hornchurch suffered a shock 4-3 defeat at Bridge Avenue and McBride says that serves as a reminder as to the quality the Blues possess, even if they are positioned near the bottom of the table.

“Brentwood did well very against us in January, but the lad who caused us a lot of problems that day (Matt Price) has now moved on,” he added.

“They’re in the bottom quarter, but they won’t be relegated so they can play with a bit more freedom.

“Our players can make getting over the line and winning the title as easy or as hard as they want. Two wins this week will see us take a big step towards that.”

Hornchurch head into the Easter period with just one win in their last four league games, taking just four points from a possible 12.

But despite the recent drop in form, McBride is confident the Bridge Avenue club will not stutter over the run in to the end of the campaign.

“The boys are still confident, but it’s a case of taking that into a game,” he said.

“Our recent form hasn’t been great, but it’s a 46-game season and we’re top on merit. That said, we have to get out of this blip we’re in.”

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