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Hornchurch ‘happy’ Maldon clash put back to December

PUBLISHED: 13:00 23 October 2015

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane is plotting more FA Cup success (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane is plotting more FA Cup success (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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Bridge Avenue boss reflects on 4-0 win at Wroxham and having no mid week clash

George Purcell and David Knight are in great form for Hornchurch (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)George Purcell and David Knight are in great form for Hornchurch (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch found out late last week that their scheduled Ryman North clash with Maldon & Tiptree had been postponed to help them concentrate on the FA Cup and boss Jimmy McFarlane admits it was a massive welcome to the club.

The Bridge Avenue outfit were meant to travel to the Jammers on Tuesday, but it has now been put back to December 15.

That is because they face National League side Boreham Wood in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup tomorrow (Saturday) and Urchins were extremely grateful to have a full week to prepare.

McFarlane said: “It was a lovely welcome to have the Maldon match postponed. It gave us the opportunity to patch up our walking wondered.

“It has been two games a week since the start of the season for us in all competitions.

“What the break does is give teams around us another league game, but we aren’t too far behind them all and that is what happens when you are successful in cups.

“Put it this way, we wouldn’t swap the little game we have on Saturday to have played more games in the Ryman North!”

Although Hornchurch didn’t play midweek, they are sitting third in the table and only seven points behind league leaders Cray Wanderers – who have played three more times than the Urchins.

They were in action last Saturday at Wroxham and thrashed them 4-0, scoring three times in the first half.

George Purcell netted after only nine minutes at Trafford Park, before David Knight doubled their lead 10 minutes before the break.

A minute before half time Purcell scored his second and he completed his hat-trick in the 66th minute to cap an excellent afternoon for the Urchins.

Hornchurch’s control on the match allowed McFarlane to bring Tobi Joseph, Joey May and Abs Thompson off in the second half.

He said: “We have a very small squad and when you are playing two games a week and doing well it can be hard to change the team.

“We gave the players last Thursday’s training session off before the Wroxham game and we want for a meal instead.

“After that on Saturday they looked so sharp so we are doing everything we can to keep the players refreshed and give ourselves the best possible chance against Boreham Wood this weekend.”

Purcell’s treble at Trafford Park takes him up to 16 goals in the league while Knight is on 11 now.

The pair are in great form, but so are Hornchurch’s defence as they have picked up three clean sheets from their past four matches.

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