Successful week as Hornchurch march on at the top of the table
PUBLISHED: 16:00 01 February 2018
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Two matches, seven goals, six points, and a thirteen points lead at the top of the table - not a bad weekend, although we had to wait a day longer then usual, as Romford play their midweek games on a Wednesday.
We started with a visit from Norwich Utd, who had only lost once in their previous ten games, and who looked to be much better than their league position suggested.
We had only played Norwich three times previously and had won all of them without conceding a goal.
And with three minutes left to play, the match was still without a goal, until we were treated to one of George Purcell’s specials, when he ran on to a Leon McKenzie header, shrugged off two defenders and fired the ball home from thirty yards, setting off wild celebrations both on and off the pitch.
George could not add to his already impressive total of goals when we made the short journey to Purfleet on Wednesday, on the night of the January supermoon, and Romford had no answer to our most commanding performance of the season.
Ironically Romford had almost as much of the territorial play in the first half, but found themselves four goals down, thanks to a Brad Warner goal and a Theo Fairweather-Johnson hat-trick.
Perhaps we were guilty of easing up in the second half, but manager Jim McFarlane then introduced Tobi Joseph, Chris Assombalonga and Leon McKenzie, and if Romford were relieved when our three strikers - George Purcell, Theo Fairweather-Johnson and Brad Warner - went off, they quickly found out that their replacements were equally as good as those who had just gone off.
Leon McKenzie added the fifth goal, after good work by our newly signed Assombalonga, who then scored his first goal for his new club when he ran on to a long ball from Sam Mott, and calmly rounded the keeper before slotting home.
And despite scoring six, we still had to thank our own keeper, Sam Mott, for two magnificent saves, to ensure yet another clean sheet.
We now travel to Hertford Town on Saturday, a ground where we won 2-1 in the FA Cup earlier in the season, our goals coming from Leon McKenzie, just after half time, and George Purcell, in the final minute.
We have already played them at Bridge Avenue in the league, winning 2-0, thanks to goals from Nathan Cooper and Brad Warner.
Hertford currently hold a mid-table position with ten wins and nine draws from their 29 matches.
Their last two matches have both been drawn, 1-1 at Grays and 0-0 at home to Dereham, so we can expect a difficult afternoon.