Bostik North: No fastest goal, but a good Hornchurch win and now for two derby games!
PUBLISHED: 18:00 15 August 2017
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Hornchurch’s Theo Fairweather-Johnson went racing towards goal in the first minute against Soham Town Rangers last Saturday, but our hopes for the fastest and first goal of the new Bostik North season were dashed when the keeper saved and the rebound was cleared off the line.
And when Brad Warner opened the score on six minutes we confidently expected more goals to follow.
But as Soham began to attack strongly in the second half, we began to wonder if our missed chances earlier on would come back to haunt us.
Fortunately our defence held firm, George Purcell fired home one of his free kick specials to ease the pressure, and Ross Wall came off the bench to head another soon afterwards, for what turned out to be a comfortable win - eventually.
Elliot Styles made his 500th appearance in the same match, and when he led the team out against Soham it was the 371st time he had captained the side.
On Saturday we entertain Brentwood Town in the F.A. Cup. It is seven years since we played Brentwood in the cup - we played out a goalless draw at Brentwood in 2010, and lost one nil in the replay.
Three members of our current squad played in those games - Martin Tuohy, Ross Wall and Elliot Styles.
Surprisingly, given that Brentwood is only seven miles up the road, not too many players have appeared for both clubs, just over fifty.
And we are only likely to meet up with one ex-Urchin on Saturday, namely Luke Stanley, who made three appearances in our Capital League side in 2006.
Last season we drew 2-2 at Bridge Avenue, our goals coming from Ricky Freeman and David Knight, and we won 1-0 in the return match, the only goal coming from a Leon McKenzie penalty midway through the second half.
It sometimes pays not to argue, as the player who conceded the penalty found out - he had already been shown a yellow card for giving the penalty away, and then found himself staring at a red card for continuing to discuss the matter with the referee when the penalty went in.
We are drastically revising the history of Hornchurch FC, a process that is taking a considerable amount of time due to the lack of official records, most of which were lost in the arson attack on the clubhouse in 1989.
We now have a complete record of the line ups, back to 1946, and all of the available pre-War line ups right back to 1923, but we need photos from the 1960s and earlier.
Elsewhere, there have been a few movements during the summer - Joey May is at Redbridge as player-manager.
Abs Thompson briefly joined Joey at Oakside, but has since left while James Morrish is at Whitstable, although he did not play against us when we went there the other week, due to injury.
Teddy Nesbitt is at Canvey Island, Sam Bantick at Heybridge Swifts, Abs Seymour at Barking, Usman Adeniji back at Witham Town, and John Easterford is with Bowers & Pitsea.
And news of a few of our ex-Urchins - Danny Johnson is at Aveley, Rickie Hayles moved from Welling United to Dulwich Hamlet, David Knight from Bowers to Canvey.
Going further back, Lewis Smith is with East Thurrock United, Charlie Dove at Kelvedon Hatch, Calvin Poku at Redbridge, James Folkes from Tonbridge to Grays, Tambeson Eyong from Billericay to Grays, Ricky Freeman also at Whitstable, and Paul Shave is now with Barkingside.