In the Hylands

PUBLISHED: 16:00 27 April 2015

Hornchurch Athletic's clubhouse in Hylands Park

Hornchurch Athletic's clubhouse in Hylands Park


Hornchurch Athletic’s Nathaniel Bastin is writing a regular blog during the 2015 season

Thoughts on success.

Cricket (any team sport for that matter) can be a fickle business.

A successful team is bound together by a contagious group mentality, attracting and infecting any player within its long reach.

Once motoring, this well-oiled juggernaut can be almost impossible to stop and flattens anything daft enough to stand in the way.

Opponents are rolled over, runs are smeared from corner to corner and booze flows until the small hours of most weekends.

Clubhouse rockin’, don’t bother knockin’!

Then there is the unsuccessful team, if it can even be called a team at all.

Over time, the speeding juggernaut begins to break up into pieces – gears grind against each other, wheels roll off in different directions, horn honks randomly.

Eventually, the driver, having completely lost control, has little choice but to activate the ejector seat.

The crash lasts only a moment, but the marks it leaves can be long lasting.

Okay, look, Athletic didn’t have the greatest time last campaign. After the celebrations of 2013, last year can fairly be described as an anti-climax. The first team were beaten in a final-day promotion decider by which time the other team’s promotion hopes had already long disappeared.

But the beauty of seasonal sport is that you get another go.

Unlike the mangled juggernaut, a successful team can be reassembled using fresh components and a revised user’s manual.

Without a doubt, HACC possesses the talent required to succeed in every division where it competes. Whether it actually does is down to the attitude, commitment and unity of all club members.

The season’s message to Hornchurch Athletic is this: Remember you are a small part of a larger machine. Always respect the driver. Even when bumpy, try to enjoy the ride.

Come on Athletiiiiiiiiiic!!

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