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Goalkeeper Sam Mott leaves Hornchurch for Ashford United

PUBLISHED: 15:00 21 May 2018

Sam Mott in action for Hornchurch (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Sam Mott in action for Hornchurch (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Long-serving goalkeeper Sam Mott has left Hornchurch and joined Bostik South outfit Ashford United for the 2018/19 season.

Sam Mott of Hornchurch is congratulated after saving a Wtiham penalty (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)Sam Mott of Hornchurch is congratulated after saving a Wtiham penalty (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Mott joined Hornchurch in 2014 and has since more than 200 appearances for the club in four seasons.

In November he broke the all time Hornchurch clean sheet record, which at the time stood at 67 clean sheets, and has since added a further 11 shut-outs.

“It was an incredibly hard decision to leave Hornchurch,” Mott said.

“It is a fantastic club, with brilliant people.

“Everything is done right there, so to leave was very tough.”

The former Welling United shot-stopper praised the club and his managers Jimmy McFarlane and Colin McBride for their influence on him during his time at the club.

“The club means a lot to me, I’ve had some of, if not the best times of my career there.

“Jimmy and Colin were fantastic from the moment I arrived and I can’t thank them enough the past four seasons.

“They are more than just a manager and chairman, they are my mates and that made it even harder to leave.

“I’ve got some of my best mates in football at the club, so it was a massive decision to leave, but we will always stay in touch.”

The keeper has backed the Urchins for another big season in the Bostik Premier Division and admits he loved every minute at the club.

“I have no doubt the boys there will have another great season.

“They are a top group of blokes who I will miss, even Jamie Hursit,” he joked.

“It was time for a change.

“I loved every minute of my time at Hornchurch.

“The board, management team, players and the fans were brilliant from my first game to my last.

“I will be checking all of their results and will try and get over to watch games and see everyone as much as I can.

“It really is a top club with top people and I wish them all the best of luck for the future.”

Mott also revealed he is excited to take on a new challenge under newly-appointed manager Gary Alexander at Ashford.

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