Good week for Hornchurch in the Bostik North despite not facing Mildenhall Town on Saturday
PUBLISHED: 17:00 21 March 2018
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We were looking forward to the match against Mildenhall Town on Saturday last, but late on Friday night it began to snow. Not a great deal, but enough to cover the pitch by morning.
The snow stopped, but too late to allow the match to go ahead, and an early pitch inspection meant that we were doomed to another blank weekend.
Most of the other clubs in the area met the same fate, with the one exception being at Barking, whose pitch was passed as fit for play, although they probably wished it had not been playable as they lost two nil to Soham Town Rangers.
With no Bostik North match in the week, Hornchurch supporters had to sit back and wait for the results for those teams that did have a game, and the attention of many was on what was happening at Barking, who were at home to Bowers & Pitsea.
Bowers, if they won, would get within seven points of Hornchurch, but it never looked like happening, as Barking eased their way to another two nil scoreline, but this time in their favour, leaving Hornchurch’s nearest challengers ten points adrift.
Elsewhere, Potters Bar Town moved to within three points of Bowers with a 4-2 victory at Maldon & Tiptree, who themselves needed the points to get back into the play-off places.
Haringey Borough had a goalless draw at Ware, which put them level on points with Canvey Island, but Heybridge Swifts are coming very much into contention for a play-off, or even an automatic promotion place, with a three goal win over Waltham Abbey.
It seems that whenever there is a question of whether a pitch is going to be fit for play, the local teams turn to Aveley for help.
So far, three clubs have used the artificial surface at Aveley to play home games - Wadham Lodge at the start of the season was the first to do so, and then Billericay Town with their own ground partially waterlogged and covered in a mixture of snow and slush, moved their match against Dorking Wanderers to Aveley.
They were rewarded with their first Bostik Premier win in five matches, but their crowd was something like 70 percent down on average, albeit in part due to a massive traffic jam on the M25 which caused very difficult travelling problems from the Billericay area.
And then on Tuesday, Brentwood Town switched their match against Mildenhall to Aveley, not surprising as Brentwood was badly hit by the snow. And Brentwood were rewarded with a 7-1 win.
The only club not to benefit from Aveley’s 3G surface was Aveley themselves, as their own match on the Saturday was postponed, with deep snow covering the pitch, as it is not easily possible to remove snow from a 3G surface without damaging the surface itself.
Hornchurch again have no game on Saturday, as our match at Bowers has been brought forward to the Friday night. Prior to their defeat at Barking, Bowers had beaten Romford and AFC Sudbury, but had lost at Cheshunt Town, so their form is very much up and down at present.
When Hornchurch played Bowers earlier in the season we won by the only goal of the match when Brad Warner finished off a good move after a George Purcell run and centre.
We will meet up with two of our ex-players - Callum Chafer, who made nine appearances in our first eleven after starting with our youth academy side, but whose chances were limited due to Sam Mott’s impressive form.
And David Knight, who joined us from Wingate & Finchley, and scored 28 goals in 67 appearances in his two seasons at Bridge Avenue.
The maximum number of points that any of the chasing pack can achieve is 97, and we are on 83 points with nine games left to play.
Our promotion prospects are now looking good, and we are now firmly in the driving seat to finish the season as champions. The management knows that, the players know that and our supporters are convinced we can win the league.
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