Search

Hornchurch ‘have to respect rivals’

17:00 23 May 2014

Hornchurch players celebrate a wicket against Gidea Park & Romford during their last meeting in 2013 (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch players celebrate a wicket against Gidea Park & Romford during their last meeting in 2013 (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO c/o 27 Plaiters Way, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3LR - Editorial Use ONLY - FA Premier League and Football League images are subject to DataCo Licencing restrictions

Captain Smith has derby warning

Everything may have gone to plan so far this seasoon for new Hornchurch skipper Roy Smith, but he admits his side cannot underestimate local rivals Gidea Park & Romford when the two do battle at Harrow Lodge Park tomorrow (Saturday).

Hornchurch have won their first two Essex League Division Two fixtures this summer, beating Fives & Heronians by six wickets last weekend.

But although they will go into tomorrow’s contest as favourites, with their local rivals currently bottom of the table, Smith knows there is no room for complacency from his side.

“They are going through a bit of a transitional stage, but it’s a local derby and we’ve still go to turn up and do our job,” he said.

“If we can stick to what we have been doing so far then hopefully we can come away with the win. I always back myself to do the job and I do think this squad should be capable of promotion.

“It’s going well so far, but it is still early in the season and we need to keep on improving.”

Smith was impressed with his side’s performance against Fives, in particular in the field.

At one stage Fives were cruising on 155-1, but a fine spell of spin bowling from Chamika Mudalige (4-83) and Marc Whitlock (4-73) on a flat surface saw the home side tumbled all out for 239.

Smith added: “I wouldn’t say I was worried, but teams have had to chase over 300 there before, so I was pleased to be only chasing 240 for victory.

“We got their Aussie Mick Perry out for 98 and the bowlers were fantastic from that point on. It wasn’t turning at all so Chamika and Marc did a great job with the ball.”

Hornchurch chased the total down for the loss of four wickets inside 39 overs, with Ronnie Saunders (75) and Smith (69 not out) the main contributors.

“It was a decent wicket and we did well with the bat, but Ronnie should have gone on to get a hundred,” said Smith.

“He has the potential and is only 21, but it is only early in the season and hopefully the next time an opportunity comes around he can pick up the century.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Sport Stories

Yesterday, 22:21
Adam Ellis of Lakeside Hammers (pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)

Elite League: Kings Lynn Stars 58 Lakeside Hammers 34

Yesterday, 18:00
London Raiders captain Tom Davis looks on from the bench during his side's clash with Cardiff (pic: John Scott)

Davis: We can beat Chelmsford

Yesterday, 17:00
Jack Ford made his Romford & Gidea Park return from injury against Ipswich but couldn't prevent them losing 50-15 in London One North (pic: DNR Glover).

London One North: Ipswich 50 Romford & Gidea Park 15

Yesterday, 16:00
Zavon Hines of Dagenham and Redbridge made 31 appearances during the 2013/14 season before injury cut short his campaign (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

Former West Ham attacker has recently started his own football academy in Lambeth

Most read sport

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Munch on a tasy three course dinner at The Refinery!

“Where to go for a drink near Great Portland Street?” was previously met with blank expressions and shrugs for those local to the area, not anymore, thanks to the opening of The Refinery at Regent’s Place, the eighth bar and restaurant from hugely-successful group Drake & Morgan.

Funky adidias iPhone cases up for grabs!

We’ve teamed up with adidas Originals to give away four iPhone 5/5s cases.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder