Big night for Hornchurch teams

PUBLISHED: 15:03 02 November 2015

George Purcell and David Knight have been in great form for Hornchurch this season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

George Purcell and David Knight have been in great form for Hornchurch this season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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It’s not often that Hornchurch have played two Football League clubs in the same season, but this week we not only play two in the same week, they are also on the same day.

The FA Youth Cup match against Leyton Orient, originally scheduled for Thursday, has been brought forward to Tuesday, as there is a function in the clubhouse on the original date.

Admission is £6 for adults and £3 for concessions, with a free programme included. To reach the first round Hornchurch have beaten Clapton, Chelmsford City, Grays Athletic and Bedfont Sports.

Hornchurch had their best ever Youth Cup run in 1985, when they reached the second round of the competition after beating St Alban’s City, Collier Row, Canvey Island and East Ham United.

Their reward was a second round trip to Millwall, where they lost 1-0 to a goal in the final minute. The programmed line-up for that match was David Ramsey, Jason Jenkins, Sean O’Dea, Danny Christmas, Steve Porter, Mark Sexton, Greg Lewis, Lee Gregory, Alan Brett, Mark Slade, Paul Hunt, Laurie Baker.

Mark Sexton went on to make 159 first-team appearances, Alan Brett 152 (60 goals), Sean O’Dea 151, Danny Christmas 138 and Steve Porter 106.

By contrast the rest of the team only managed one substitute appearance between them in the first team.

On the same night, the first team travel to Colchester United in the Essex Senior Cup.

We have played at the Weston Homes Community Stadium twice before, one on a very foggy night when we lost 6-0 and the other when we lost 4-1 and had Andy Tomlinson sent off.

It’s been cup time for all the Hornchurch teams in the last couple of weeks – the first team have exited the FA Cup and FA Trophy, but our reserves won at Lawford Lads on Saturday in the Essex Premier Cup, and now play Old Barkabbeyians at home in the next round.

If our youth team beat Leyton Orient, they will be at home to Luton Town or Colchester United in the next round.

On Saturday last we lost to the Metropolitan Police in a match where there was plenty of drama off the field, when the floodlights on the River Side of the ground did not come on, and it was touch and go whether the match would be able to finish in the gathering gloom.

The referee later said that he was within five minutes of having to abandon the match and had this happened, it would have been the first time since January 1984 that a match at the Bridge had been abandoned due to floodlight failure, when the match against Chesham United was called off after 66 minutes.

The most recent abandonment was at Ramsgate in 2007 when there was a powercut just 30 minutes into the match.

On Friday night at the social club we hold another of our very popular Quiz Nights, starting at 7.30 pm.

Anyone can join in and the price of admission to the Quiz is £4 per person. You can form your own team, or simply turn up and you will be allocated a team.

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