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Hornchurch’s all-time leading goalscorer George Purcell pleased to be back from injury

PUBLISHED: 12:30 16 November 2016

George Purcell returned to action for Hornchurch against Heybridge (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

George Purcell returned to action for Hornchurch against Heybridge (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Forward reflects on stalemate with Heybridge Swifts and looks ahead to friendly fixture with Clapton

Hornchurch players prepare for a minutes silence before their match against Heybridge (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)Hornchurch players prepare for a minutes silence before their match against Heybridge (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

George Purcell enjoyed his comeback from injury on Saturday, but was disappointed Hornchurch couldn’t claim all three points from their Ryman North home fixture with Heybridge Swifts.

Urchins’ all-time leading goalscorer was introduced in the 59th minute for his first appearance since September 6.

But Jimmy McFarlane’s team failed to find the net for the fourth time in a row despite going close several times.

“I didn’t expect to get that long on Saturday, but I enjoyed it and wanted to make sure my knee felt alright,” said Purcell.

“Nathan Cooper’s tap-in looked over the line to me and I had a chance, but it hit a team-mate instead of going in.

“We had loads of opportunities and even in the first half we could have been two or three up.

Hornchurch appear to have scored against Heybridge through Nathan Cooper with the ball over the line but the linesman and referee disagree (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)Hornchurch appear to have scored against Heybridge through Nathan Cooper with the ball over the line but the linesman and referee disagree (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

“But that is the way things are going for us right now, at least we didn’t lose so that’s a positive.”

Although it wasn’t the result Hornchurch or Purcell wanted, the forward was thrilled to be back playing again.

The ex-Dover Athletic striker suffered a slight tear in his medial collateral ligaments, but didn’t find out straight away.

Purcell tried to rest up in the hope his knee would be fine, although soon realised it wasn’t just a knock.

He added: “I left it for a while because we all thought it would just get better and everything would be fine.

“Then I got the scan and we had to wait a week and a half for the result before they told me I had a slight tear in my MCL.

“Afterwards it was just about doing my rehab in the gym and making sure I did everything I could to get fit again.”

Just over two months later and Hornchurch have their star striker available again and he looks set for another opportunity tonight.

Urchins visit Essex Senior League outfit Clapton at the Old Spotted Dog for a 7.45pm kick-off.

“I spoke to the physio and he said I should be fine to play half an hour so hopefully I’m involved,” said Purcell. “All of the squad is going so I assume I’ll get some more minutes.”


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