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Ryman North: George Purcell and Hornchurch gunning for Cheshunt

PUBLISHED: 18:00 18 November 2016

Hornchurch's George Purcell battles with Romford's Jamie Dicks on the opening day of the Ryman North season (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

Hornchurch's George Purcell battles with Romford's Jamie Dicks on the opening day of the Ryman North season (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

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Urchins have failed to find the net in their last four matches in all competitions

Hornchurch’s all-time leading goalscorer George Purcell is hoping to get them back to winning ways on Saturday.

Urchins visit Cheshunt this weekend in the Ryman North looking to find the net for the first time since October 25.

Although they’ve only lost once from their last four games in all competitions, Purcell knows they need to start winning in the division.

“Hopefully on Saturday if I play I can score and get us a victory. I’d be over the moon with that,” said the Hornchurch forward.

“We need to turn some of these recent draws into wins and get climbing up the table again.”

Purcell made his comeback from injury on Saturday during the goalless draw at home to Heybridge Swifts.

The ex-Dover Athletic striker felt good after his 31 minute cameo, although knows he needs to take it easy.

“When you’re out for such a long time you don’t realise how much fitness you lose,” said Purcell.

“On Saturday when I came on I felt good, but I think that was mainly because it was second half and they were tired.

“I’m sure if I had started I would have been blowing so it is just about getting my match fitness back now.

“Hopefully with a couple more training sessions and matches over the next few weeks I can get back to my best quickly.”

Leon McKenzie has helped fill the void left by Purcell, but there is no doubt Urchins have missed their all-time leading goalscorer.

The Hornchurch forward didn’t realise he would be out for as long as he was when he initially suffered a tear in his medial collateral ligament.

Purcell added: “When I got injured I wasn’t thinking about missing two months of football at all.

“I just assumed I had gone over my knee and I’d wake up the next morning and everything would be fine.

“But I’ve never been in so much pain and never had any trouble with my knees so it was a big worry.”

Thankfully he’s back now and ready to score the goals which will surely move Hornchurch up the table.

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