Bostik North: Hornchurch will be facing a ‘form team’ in Mildenhall on Saturday warns Colin McBride

PUBLISHED: 14:00 16 March 2018

Chris Assombalonga heads clear for Hornchurch against Canvey (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Chris Assombalonga heads clear for Hornchurch against Canvey (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Urchins assistant manager wants to win all nine of their remaining fixtures in the Bostik North this season

Hornchurch assistant Colin McBride has warned his squad to expect a tough Bostik North encounter with Mildenhall Town at Bridge Avenue tomorrow (Saturday).

The last time the two sides met, on November 28, the Urchins recorded a 6-0 thrashing with Leon McKenzie netting a hat-trick at Recreation Way.

McBride felt the Suffolk club were a much better side than the scoreline suggested that night and feels vindicated having seen their form improve since.

He said: “People will look at Mildenhall’s position – 15th and in the bottom half – and think it might be easy on Saturday, but look at the form table.

“They are right up there over the last month and even when we beat them 6-0 at their place, I said to their manager walking off ‘you are not a 6-0 team’.

“I know you can say stuff like that when you are the one winning, but I honestly meant it because they looked a decent side with some good players and it is showing now.

“Obviously it is down to me to tell our players at 10 to three to approach it right and not to expect an easy game.

“We are the team to beat for most because we are top and no game in this league is easy, so if we have to grind another game out on Saturday, like we did against Canvey, so be it.”

McBride admitted he has used up a lot of his time of late looking at the Bostik North table, even though he is well aware it doesn’t help too much.

But rather than work out when Hornchurch could finally secure promotion and the title, he just wants his players to try and finish the season with a long winning run.

“Every day I look at the table and look at what games are being played and I don’t know why,” laughed McBride, who was manager of Hornchurch when they won the Isthmian Division One North title in 2007.

“I know everyone would like to be in our position and it is ours to lose, and with Heybridge Swifts losing on Tuesday (at Potters Bar Town), we are really close to actually being promoted now and it is nearly a case of where we finish in the top two.

“But we still have nine games left and I told the players at training this week I want to win all nine, so that’s the aim and if we do that everything else will take care of itself.”

Hornchurch will aim to secure the first of those victories on Saturday against Mildenhall.

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