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Goals galore for Hornchurch!

PUBLISHED: 15:00 29 December 2015

Alex Bentley of Hornchurch runs with the ball during their match against Great Wakering Rovers (pic: Mick Kearns/TGS Photo).

Alex Bentley of Hornchurch runs with the ball during their match against Great Wakering Rovers (pic: Mick Kearns/TGS Photo).

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Hornchurch forward David Knight celebrates his goal with team mate George Purcell (pic: Mick Kearns/TGS Photo).Hornchurch forward David Knight celebrates his goal with team mate George Purcell (pic: Mick Kearns/TGS Photo).

We finished the year with two matches on the road, starting with Thamesmead Town and its famous 14-roundabouts – some of us thought there were fifteen, but as we went around the same one twice, we could not be certain.

A goal down as we went into stoppage time, it did not look good, but Leon McKenzie levelled the score in the fifth minute of time added on.

Was this the latest ever equalising goal? No, it was not, as Danny Shipp scored in the sixth minute of stoppage time in October 2004 to level against Bognor Regis.

And the quickest goal? This came in October 2014 when Tom Davis scored after just 14 seconds, also at Bognor Regis!

We can forgive our supporters if they were somewhat perplexed when they read the programme at Great Wakering. The opening welcome was for the ‘supporters and the AFC air raid siren’, and there was a photo of Harlow’s main stand on the Hornchurch history page.

David Knight celebrates his goal at Great Wakering Rovers with the Hornchurch management team (pic: Mick Kearns/TGS Photo).David Knight celebrates his goal at Great Wakering Rovers with the Hornchurch management team (pic: Mick Kearns/TGS Photo).

The line up printed in the programme was four months out of date and included three players who have now left, and also included were Tobi Joseph and Danny Johnson who are both sidelined with long-term injuries.

Home supporters were equally puzzled when they read the report of their previous match against Cheshunt, as the scorers were all listed as playing for Phoenix Sports, but were in fact all Haringey Borough players.

We were none too happy when we saw the length of the grass on the Great Wakering pitch, but reasonably satisfied at the end of the match, especially as Alex Bentley had scored two of the goals.

Alex has only once scored previously, and perhaps this was something of an omen, as that match finished with a five-goal winning margin, as did the Great Wakering match.

Hornchurch goalkeeper Sam Mott catches the ball from a Great Wakering Rovers corner (pic: Mick Kearns/TGS Photo).Hornchurch goalkeeper Sam Mott catches the ball from a Great Wakering Rovers corner (pic: Mick Kearns/TGS Photo).

The only difference was that the first time Alex scored, it was at Billericay, where we lost 7-2 in the league cup, with a team consisting largely of trialists.

There initially was some confusion over whether Alex had scored the final goal of the match, as the ball hit both posts before Calvin Poku touched it home, but it was already over the line, so it was Alex’s goal.

David Knight netted once to bring his total to nineteen for the season, and George Purcell scored twice, in addition to hitting both post and bar earlier in the game, to give him thirty goals for the season and he now stands on 91 goals, just three short of Alan Noonan’s record of 94.

And let’s not forget our defence, which kept its thirteenth clean sheet of the season, perhaps somewhat fortuitously after a long-range shot had hit the bar before Nathan Cooper played the ball away to safety.

There is still time to buy a ticket for our New Year’s Eve function. It is better to contact to club first to reserve your ticket, which is priced at £45 and includes both a buffet and a disco.

Our first match of 2016 takes place this coming Saturday, when we entertain Witham Town, who are expected to include ex-Urchin Aaron Gayle in their squad.

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