Bostik North: Hornchurch preparation hit hard by weather, but assistant manager Colin McBride remains focussed on Cheshunt clash

PUBLISHED: 17:00 02 March 2018

Christian Assombalonga scored for Hornchurch against Tilbury (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Christian Assombalonga scored for Hornchurch against Tilbury (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Urchins, like many other clubs across the country, have seen the ‘Beast from the East’ disrupt training this week

Hornchurch assistant manager Colin McBride admits the cold weather has hampered preparation for Saturday’s trip to Cheshunt in the Bostik North.

The so-called ‘Beast from the East’ has affected much of the country this week, with the south east among the places hardest hit.

McBride revealed Urchins have been unable to train this week, and there are serious doubts whether Saturday’s game will go ahead with more cold weather forecast.

And the assistant manager admits it has been difficult week preparing for the trip to Cheshunt, but knows the team will still be good shape should the game go ahead.

“The weather has made it tough this week. We’d love to have trained on Tuesday, but the pitch would have been frozen and we’re mindful of the fact that we have players to live a little further away, so the roads have made it hard to get in,” he said.

“The preparation has not been ideal, but it’s the same for most clubs in the division.

“I’d be surprised if the game goes ahead this weekend, but if it goes ahead we just have to get on with it.”

If Saturday’s game does go ahead, McBride will be in charge once more as boss Jimmy McFarlane continues his recovery from a stroke.

There was good news this week with McFarlane being discharged from hospital less than two weeks after suffering a stroke.

And McBride hopes that, providing Saturday’s game does go ahead, Hornchurch can give McFarlane more good news with a victory.

“Hopefully we can give Jimmy the points he needs to make him think he can stay away a little while longer and that he doesn’t have to worry too much about us!” he added.

Last weekend saw Hornchurch play out a 1-1 draw at home Tilbury, with Christian Assombalonga scoring for the hosts.

But McBride says there is no shame in the league leaders dropping points against the Dockers.

“I’ve never known the league to be this strong. As the season’s gone on, the likes of Aveley, Sudbury and Tilbury have all improved,” he said.

“We didn’t play up to standard last Saturday and Tilbury played well, so we were happy with the draw in the end, even if we wanted a win at the start.”

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