Urchins hotshots Purcell and Knight douse Phoenix flames after thrilling battles with Sports

PUBLISHED: 09:30 02 October 2015

George Purcell and David Knight are in great form for Hornchurch (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

George Purcell and David Knight are in great form for Hornchurch (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

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Bridge Avenue club have enjoyed a good week on the road, scoring nine times against the same opposition

Phoenix Sports will be delighted to see the back of Jimmy McFarlane’s Hornchurch after facing them in the FA Cup and Ryman North in the space of four days.

Urchins first travelled to Bexleyheath for an FA Cup second qualifying round tie on Saturday and ran out 5-3 winners to pick up £4,500 in prize money.

David Knight struck twice with Abs Thompson, George Purcell and Leon Smith also on target as Hornchurch booked their place in the next round.

Ricky Freeman fired a hat-trick for the hosts and struck twice more in league action on Tuesday. But Purcell and Knight were in the goals again for Urchins as they triumphed 4-2 to move up to third in the table with 23 points.

Purcell scored twice with Knight and Nathan Cooper – with his first goal for the club – also on target to leave McFarlane smiling.

He said: “It is difficult to play a team on the Saturday and then again on the following Tuesday.

“It was a case of getting the job done and it was so important we didn’t drop points in the league because a few teams around us dropped some in midweek.

“If you want to be successful you need goals to come from all areas and we have definitely got that at the moment.

“Tobi Joseph has eight. Calvin Poku has six, Leon has a couple and Nathan got his first, while Elliot (Styles) has two as well, so they are coming from all areas.”

Purcell has taken his tally to 16 with Knight on 15, but Urchins are still waiting to discover who they will face in the third qualifying round on October 10.

St Neots and Worthing Town were set for a replay on Tuesday, when Urchins played Phoenix, but the match was postponed after the St Neots team coach suffered a puncture en route and they were unable to get to the Worthing ground before 9pm.

McFarlane added: “That was really strange to see it off. I’ve never heard of that before.

“I was going to watch the winner on Saturday actually and let our coaches deal with the West Ham game we’ve got at home. It does delay things for us and I probably want Worthing to go through, not because it will be an easy game.

“It might be an easier game because St Neots have got a few big players out injured. But if they progress I think they could well be back for the next round. If I had to choose, I’d pick Worthing. They are in the Ryman South, in a way the same league as us.”

Whoever Hornchurch face, St Neots or Worthing know they will be coming up against two in-form strikers. Purcell and Knight scored six goals in two matches against Phoenix Sports and are terrorising non-league defences.

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