Hornchurch keep 13 point lead at the top of Bostik North

PUBLISHED: 17:00 17 February 2018

Double goalscorer George Purcell gets in front of his man (Pic: Ray Lawrence/TGS Photo)

Double goalscorer George Purcell gets in front of his man (Pic: Ray Lawrence/TGS Photo)

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Just one game this weekend, and as we approach the run-in to the season we hold a thirteen points lead at the top of the table, although it is slightly misleading as most of the chasing pack have games in hand.

Maldon & Tiptree moved into the play-off positions with a midweek win over Cheshunt, but both Heybridge Swifts and Potters Bar were disappointed when their ‘catch-up’ matches were postponed due to the weather.

Haringey Borough came to Bridge Avenue on Saturday, needing a win to move up into the play-off places, and they certainly gave us a very difficult first half on a very wet and heavy playing surface.

Chances were few and far between, until midway through the first half, when George Purcell was fouled some fifteen yards outside the penalty area, and the scene was set for one of Purcell’s special free kicks.

And we were not disappointed, as George neatly curled his shot around the wall of defenders and into the corner of the net.

We could not afford to relax, as Haringey continued to put our defence under pressure, but fifteen minutes from the end Sean Roberts fed the ball out to Theo Fairweather-Johnson, who quickly flicked on to George Purcell, who, from a difficult narrow angle, lobbed the ball over the keeper and into the net.

Two goals up, we could now relax a bit - or so we all thought, until an uncharacteristic mistake by our defence allowed Haringey to pull a goal back with four minutes remaining.

This led to an all-out onslaught on our goal, culminating when a Haringey forward scooped his shot over the bar from just a few yards out.

But we played out the four minutes of stoppage time and almost added a third goal through Chris Assombalonga, and we gratefully accepted the three points on offer.

We should have no worries about the state of the pitch this coming weekend, as we travel to Sudbury who have a relatively new 4G playing surface, which is a lot better than some of the other artificial pitches we have had to endure this season.

Sudbury are in tenth position in the league table, but have won four and drawn one of their last six matches, having recovered from a poor start to the season, and they are now hoping to make a late challenge for the play-offs.

We are taking a double decker coach to this match, hopefully avoiding any low bridges on the way, and we hope to have plenty of our own supporters in attendance.

There are still a few places available on the coach, and anyone wanting to travel can do so via our official web site.

It is a combined players and supporters coach, and the price is only £10, and £5 for concessions.

Sudbury is a very difficult place to reach by public transport, and the station is a long way from the ground, so the best and easily the cheapest option is to go on the coach.

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