Hornchurch goalkeeper happy to stay
PUBLISHED: 17:00 11 June 2015
Urchins number one reflects of signing for another year, winning promotion from Ryman North and last season
Sam Mott admitted it would only have taken an incredible offer for him to move away from Hornchurch after agreeing to remain with the relegated club for another season.
The goalkeeper signed for Urchins last summer and impressed between the sticks despite the club finishing 23rd in the Ryman Premier.
Jimmy McFarlane has been working hard to ensure he assembles a squad good enough to earn promotion at the first attempt in Ryman North, and Mott had no reservation about signing for a second campaign.
He believes the additions of David Knight and Calvin Poku, as well as the news George Purcell and the majority of last season’s squad are staying, made it an easy decision for him.
“I played at Ryman North level with Thamesmead,” said Mott. “It is not as good as the Ryman Premier but the standard is still high.
“We definitely want promotion straight away, it won’t be easy because the North is a strong league but we are going to go for it and try to achieve promotion straight away.
“The signings that have come in and the people that have stayed made it an easier decision for me to remain with the club, but it would have needed to be an incredible offer to take me away from Hornchurch.”
Mott was virtually an ever present last season for Hornchurch and took plenty of confidence from knowing he was McFarlane’s main man.
Although he acknowledged Urchins didn’t have the campaign they all hope for, he enjoyed his time at the club.
He added: “Jim signed me as number one and I played every game except for two in the league and a couple in the cup.
“Knowing you are going to play most weeks is good and when a manager shows confidence in you it helps you play better.
“The season wasn’t the best, that was disappointing because we had ambitious at the start of the year to earn promotion. It didn’t work out for one reason or another but I enjoyed it a lot so that is why I have come back.”
Urchins were battling relegation for most of the campaign, after losing eight of their opening nine league fixtures, but they were good defensively for the majority of the year.
It was only in the final two months of the season when they started to concede a large amount of goals – 32 in their final 14 games.
Hornchurch’s goalkeeper gave a valid explanation for why they went from being solid to sloppy in those final few months.
“Up until the final two months of the season we were in the top five for the least amount of goals conceded,” added Mott.
“Obviously we knew in the last couple of months that we had to start going for it and we couldn’t try and nick 1-0’s.
“When you are going for it, against good teams, you can get opened up and that is what happened.”
Hornchurch will hope to be the ones opening up teams next year in the Ryman North and with the signing they have made already it certainly looks like a successful season is on the horizon.