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Bostik North: Hornchurch to come up against old boys Callum Chafer and David Knight at Bowers & Pitsea

PUBLISHED: 18:00 22 March 2018

Hornchurch keeper Callum Chafer is congratulated on his penalty save at Maldon (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch keeper Callum Chafer is congratulated on his penalty save at Maldon (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Callum Chafer and David Knight have spent time at Bridge Avenue in recent seasons, but on Friday they will be looking to beat their old club

Hornchurch goalkeeper Callum Chafer tips the ball on to the bar during Aveley vs Hornchurch in the FA Cup preliminary round at the Mill Field on August 19 2016 (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).Hornchurch goalkeeper Callum Chafer tips the ball on to the bar during Aveley vs Hornchurch in the FA Cup preliminary round at the Mill Field on August 19 2016 (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Hornchurch will come up against two familiar players tomorrow night at Bowers & Pitsea and Colin McBride knows his team need to be at their best to get the better of them both.

In goal for Rob Small’s side will be Callum Chafer, who progressed through the Urchins academy before eventually leaving the club last summer.

The talented goalkeeper has gone on to establish himself as one of the best stoppers in the Bostik League and McBride is pleased to see him impressing.

He said: “Callum left because he wanted first-team football and we had ‘Motty’ (Sam Mott) and we sent him on loan to Romford and he has now moved onto Bowers and done really well and I would say he is probably the best young goalkeeper in the area.

“He is great at making penalty saves and he has a bit of a knack of picking the right side to go, which funnily enough is a bit like ‘Motty’ and some goalkeepers do have a great penalty save count and I’m pleased for Callum.”

While Chafer will be trying to deny his old team-mates scoring, at the other end of the pitch David Knight will be looking to haunt his old club.

David Knight (centre) celebrates with George Purcell (left) after scoring for Hornchurch against Brightlingsea Regent during the 2015/16 season (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).David Knight (centre) celebrates with George Purcell (left) after scoring for Hornchurch against Brightlingsea Regent during the 2015/16 season (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

Knight scored 28 goals during 67 appearances for Urchins, but left in October 2016 and signed for Bowers.

He has been a big success at the Len Salmon club, like he was at Hornchurch, and McBride added: “Dave is another who was with us and he fitted in well, but at the time we just had too many forwards and he didn’t want to be rotated about.

“He is a terrific lad though and he is another we need to watch out for on Friday, but they have two or three dangerous people, so we can’t just watch out for ‘Knighty’ and luckily for us one thing we can do is defend.”

If Hornchurch can get the better of Chafer and Knight it will go a long way to helping them win tomorrow, but it won’t be easy.


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