Hotshot Purcell on verge of setting new Urchins record

PUBLISHED: 12:00 22 January 2016

Ryan Henshaw of Sudbury challenges Hornchurch striker George Purcell (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

Ryan Henshaw of Sudbury challenges Hornchurch striker George Purcell (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

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Striker one goal away from being Hornchurch top scorer

Hornchurch are likely to have a new top scorer sooner rather than later after George Purcell closed to within one goal of the record when scoring their equaliser at Sudbury last Saturday.

Purcell now has 93 strikes as an Urchin and is within touching distance of current holder Alan Noonan, who hit 94 during the 1970s.

With two home games coming up this week, Purcell looks likely to break the record this week and boss Jimmy McFarlane has backed his man to get the job done.

“George is not the type of player who feels pressure and he knows he’ll find himself in a position to score every game” said McFarlane.

“He missed a few other chances at Sudbury that would have taken him level, but it’s gone now and he’s worked hard in training.

“I think he will go into Saturday’s game at home to Soham Town expecting to break it and I think it’s a case now of when, not if.”

Purcell helped Urchins rescue a point against table-topping Sudbury last weekend, scoring two minutes after George Clarke had put the hosts ahead.

But it was the visitors who had started brightest in Suffolk, with Purcell himself missing two good chances in the opening minutes.

And McFarlane admits the team’s bright starts makes only taking a point from the clash slightly frustrating.

“It’s probably one of the few occasions this season when we’ve felt disappointed to only get a draw,” he added. “We should have had the game won inside the first 15 minutes, but we missed a few chances and it could have been different had they gone in.”

Calvin Poku was an unused substitute for Urchins at the King’s Marsh Stadium, but will not be available this weekend after returning to former club Barkingside on loan.

McFarlane revealed he was initially reluctant to let the forward go, but realised the deal is likely to benefit everyone involved over the coming weeks, adding: “It’s hard for every sub, but it’s even harder for Calvin because of competition for places up front.

“He’s still a big part of our plans and he’s definitely going to be a player for the future, but I didn’t want him to go at first.

“I then saw the logic in letting him go out on loan because he needs game time and he can come in immediately if someone gets injured, so it’s a win-win.”

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