Essex Premier Division: Roy Smith hopes prize of coming third inspires Hornchurch against Chelmsford

PUBLISHED: 16:00 26 August 2016

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith tries to rouse his troops (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith tries to rouse his troops (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch captain desperate to end rotten run

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith hopes the prospect of moving back up to third in the Essex League Premier Division table is enough motivation to end their five-game losing run by beating Chelmsford.

Having been in the title race for much of the season, on the tail of long-time leaders Wanstead, Hornchurch’s hopes of being crowned champions have falled away in recent weeks, with the club now fourth.

However, beating Chelmsford at Harrow Lodge Park tomorrow (Saturday) will see Hornchurch move above their visitors.

And while Smith hopes his squad are already more than up for the task, he believes that could be the extra carrot they need to end their dismal run.

“Every game, you do your best to motivate the team as captain, but at Premier Division level you should be up for it anyway,” he said.

“People should respond and the Chelmsford match will be a big game for us because we can move up to third.

“We’ve been close in recent weeks and we’ll have Tom Moore in the side again, which will be a lift.

“Hopefully we can put a few more runs on the board and our luck changes for the better.”

Hornchurch’s latest loss came at leaders Wanstead, as they went down by three wickets.

Batting first, the visitors made 204, with half-centuries for both Jamie Sorrell (73) and Smith (57).

Despite early wickets for both Moore and Chamikara Mudalige, which had the Herons 35-3, the home side recovered through a stand of 75 for the fourth wicket between Essex staffer Kishen Velani and stand-in captain Hassan Chowdhury.

Velani eventually departed for 43, but Chowdhury held firm to finish unbeaten on 79, despite Mudalige taking three wickets.

As it has been so often in recent weeks, it was a case of so near, yet so far for Hornchurch having been in with a shout of victory for much of the game.

And Smith knows that if the tiniest of margins begin going in their favour once more, a return to winning ways should not be too far away.

“Wanstead knew they were in a game last weekend and even in the final overs, it still could have gone either way,” he added.

“Things just didn’t go our way again, and maybe if we had a few more runs on the board, we would have had it in the bag.

“Little things in games can make a big difference and the run we’ve been on in recent weeks has definitely hit our confidence.”

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