Bye sees Hornchurch miss magic of the cup
PUBLISHED: 16:30 05 October 2015
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Saturday was FA Trophy day for all the clubs in the Isthmian League North except for one – Hornchurch, who had been given a bye into the next round.
So a friendly was arranged, and West Ham sent their under-21 team to the Bridge. It gave Hornchurch the opportunity to give some of the squad players an outing. Charlie Dove made his debut, along with recent signing from Enfield Town, Connor Witherspoon. An entertaining game, with Hammers winning by the only goal of the match, but a Trophy match would have been preferred.
During the week, we were back at Phoenix Sports for the second time in three days, and George Purcell’s two goals took him to sixteen for the season, one ahead of David Knight.
The two matches against Phoenix produced fourteen goals, but the leading scorer was not Knight or Purcell, who each netted three times – it was a Phoenix player, Ricky Freeman, who scored five goals in the two matches, bringing his own personal scoring record to eight in three games.
The Urchins under-21 side travelled to Waltham Abbey, in what was their first outing in the Essex Premier Cup, and a 6-0 victory was perhaps unexpected, against an Abbey side who had won their previous five matches and who had scored 23 goals in the process.
It’s FA Cup time this Saturday and we still don’t know where we are going, as the Worthing v St Neots replay was postponed. No matter where it is, we will be well supported, as the coach is full.
If it’s St Neots, who were allowed to remain in the competition despite fielding an ineligible player in their previous round match against Tilbury, it will be anew ground for our supporters. And if it’s Worthing it will also be a new ground of sorts, as Worthing have now installed an unusual 3G pitch – unusual because the pitch surround is in red and not in the mandatory green.
The coach to Wroxham is also almost full, with just four places remaining, and the ‘new ground’ syndrome seems to be very popular with our supporters.
There is an attractive FA Youth Cup match at the Bridge this Thursday, when our youth team, who beat Chelmsford City 4-3 in the previous round, after being three goals down midway through the first half, are at home to Grays Athletic, with a 7.45 pm kick off. Admission for this match is £3, and we are hoping for a good turnout.
Our next first team home match is on Tuesday week, when supporters who did not go to Phoenix will be able to watch five-goals Ricky Freeman, when Phoenix make their first ever visit to the Bridge. This match is subject to the FA Cup result on Saturday. If the cup match is drawn then we play either Worthing or St Neots instead.