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Poku pleased with first Hornchurch goals

PUBLISHED: 12:30 30 July 2015 | UPDATED: 17:13 30 July 2015

Calvin Poku celebrates one of the many goals he scored for Barkingside last season (pic: Alex Mandelstam).

Calvin Poku celebrates one of the many goals he scored for Barkingside last season (pic: Alex Mandelstam).

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Former Barkingside forward discusses pre-season so far and finding the net for the first time at Canvey

Calvin Poku scored his first goals for Hornchurch last weekend and now can’t wait for the new Ryman North season to get up and running.

Urchins’ continued their positive pre-season with a 2-1 triumph against rivals Canvey Island last weekend.

Poku picked up a brace and was then involved as Jimmy McFarlane’s side battled against a Luton Town XI on Tuesday, but ultimately fell to a 2-0 loss.

The mood at Bridge Avenue is certainly positive, though, and the former Barkingside man can’t wait for the new campaign to start.

“Pre-season with the club is going really well having won five out of the six games we have played so far,” said Poku.

“I can’t wait for the season to start and I can’t wait to get on the scoresheet to help the club win games this year.”

On Saturday the forward scored his first goal against Canvey with his feet and his second with his head to show he has various qualities.

The fixture against Luton was tougher, but Poku admitted it was a great experience to play against so many first team players.

Hatters goalkeeper Mark Tyler featured as well as the experienced Andy Parry, Magnus Okuonghae, Matt Robinson, Jake Howells and Rob Hall against the Urchins.

It was difficult for Hornchurch, but perfect preparation for the season opener against Cray Wanderers, which takes place next weekend.

Poku added: “It feels really good to get off the mark with two goals for the club, hopefully I can continue this and take that into the season.

“Luton was a tougher test for us compared to the teams we have played this pre-season.

“We lost the match, but still played well as a team. It was great to play against that kind of opposition where they had a mixed side with a few first team players and youth players.”


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