Essex League Premier Division: Hornchurch vice-captain Billy Gordon eyes positive end to 2017 campaign

PUBLISHED: 18:00 11 August 2017

Hornchurch skipper Roy Smith (right) and vice-captain Billy Gordon (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch skipper Roy Smith (right) and vice-captain Billy Gordon (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Talented all-rounder is hoping Hornchurch can complete the double over Chingford and claim another top-four finish

Billy Gordon has challenged Hornchurch to enjoy a strong finish to the Essex League Premier Division season and at least match their fourth-placed finish from 2016.

The vice-captain skippered the team last weekend, as they lost by eight wickets away to current champions Wanstead.

It places Hornchurch fifth in the table ahead of a home clash with Chingford tomorrow (Saturday) and Gordon is keen for them to end strongly.

He said: “If we could finish as high as last year or even higher then it would be a good season for us.

“We have given some of the youngsters a chance and at the end of this campaign they will have more experience, so that’s pleasing.

“Hopefully now we can get a couple of wins over the next few weeks and finish the season in good form.”

Captain Roy Smith will be back for Saturday’s match along with Michael Bones and Hornchurch will aim to get back to winning ways.

The Harrow Lodge Park club defeated Colchester on July 22, but rain affected their contest with Chelmsford (July 29) and Wanstead proved too strong last weekend.

Gordon added: “It is important we get a good result on Saturday because we don’t want to be looking over our shoulder with Chingford just behind us in the table.

“We beat them earlier in the season, so we know what they are all about and their strengths and weaknesses.

“Having Roy and ‘Bonesy’ back will help, so hopefully we can put in a performance and we definitely want to get back to winning ways and get so more confidence back into the team.”

Hornchurch failed to get enough runs away to Wanstead last weekend, as they were all out for 170.

Feroze Khushi (53*) and Kishen Velani (62*) made light work of the chase in reply and it left Gordon to reflect on the different between the teams.

“Kishen is a brilliant player and so is Feroz and the class showed in the end,” said Hornchurch’s vice-captain.

“I think for us it just highlights where we need to reach if we want to realistically win the league going forward.”

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