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McFarlane hails Hornchurch’s front duo

PUBLISHED: 14:00 20 October 2015 | UPDATED: 14:34 20 October 2015

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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George Purcell and David Knight were in the goals again on Saturday and now have a full week to rest up for Boreham Wood

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane praised George Purcell after the forward scored a hat-trick during their 4-0 win at Wroxham in the Ryman North on Saturday to take his tally in the division to 16.

David Knight also continued his fine form by scoring at Trafford Park and the victory kept Urchins just four points behind league leaders Cray Wanderers.

Purcell completed his treble with a stunning free kick from range and the Bridge Avenue boss hailed the effort and his two star strikers.

“The win was fairly comfortable. The game was pretty much over by half time with us being 3-0 up,” said McFarlane.

“It could have been five too and the second half was then just about not picking up any knocks really.

“All four goals were great and when George and David are doing that week in, week out then we’ve always got a chance whoever we play.

“It was a great header from David and George’s free-kick would have graced any stadium in the world, the pace of it.”

Hornchurch were scheduled to play Maldon & Tiptree tonight (Tuesday) by the league have allowed the fixture to be postponed.

That is because of Urchins involvement in the FA Cup as they visit National League side Boreham Wood on Saturday in the fourth qualifying round of the competition.

If they are victorious they’ll reach the first round of the competition and pocket £12,500 in prize money.

Having a week off is much appreciated, McFarlane added: “It is massive. We were given the option by the league last Thursday and we welcomed it with open arms.

“We’ve played twice a week since the start of the year with a small squad and we’ve picked up some knocks. We have a big game coming up at weekend.”

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