A week to forget for Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 16:00 13 December 2017

Leon McKenzie scored a hat-trick for Hornchurch at Mildenhall Town (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Leon McKenzie scored a hat-trick for Hornchurch at Mildenhall Town (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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It snowed heavily on Saturday night, and the snow was followed by a sharp frost, so it was no surprise when our mid-week match against Barking was called off, along with all other games in our division of the Bostik League.

After our display at Canvey on Saturday afternoon, perhaps it would have been better if the snow had arrived a day earlier, as we not only lost our unbeaten-away-from-home league record, but also rarely looked like beating a Canvey side that won comfortably against an off-form Hornchurch eleven.

Canvey’s ground is nine feet below sea level, but for much of the time the ball was well above sea level, being repeatedly launched high in the air and sailing over the heads of our midfielders and forwards, and being played back along the ground by the home side.

So Saturday was a day to forget, and we now look forward to our next match, when we entertain Cheshunt, who last season was very much in the running for the play-offs.

They have not had a particularly good season so far, and are 22nd in the table, with four wins and four draws from their twenty matches. In their last game they lost 4-0 against Bowers & Pitsea, but are not to be taken lightly.

They have Jason Hallett in their line-up, and he has already scored 18 goals this season, including six in an FA Cup match against Brantham, and three in the league against Sudbury.

Last season we drew at Cheshunt 2-2, Leon McKenzie scoring both our goals, and we lost 2-1 at home, Martin Tuohy scoring three minutes from time after two goals from Jason Hallett had given Cheshunt a two goal advantage that they never looked like conceding.

Our team has changed considerably since we last met Cheshunt, and nine of the squad that played in that game are no longer at Bridge Avenue.

With the season rapidly approaching the half way mark, we find ourselves five points clear at the top of the table, with matches in hand of most of the chasing pack, and with two home matches coming up before Christmas, we are hoping to maintain our position at the top.

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