Hornchurch win, but fans focus on youth

PUBLISHED: 10:43 09 November 2015 | UPDATED: 10:43 09 November 2015

Dave Collis gets in a header for Hornchurch against Dereham Town (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

Dave Collis gets in a header for Hornchurch against Dereham Town (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

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Hornchurch ended their run of four straight defeats with an emphatic 3-0 win over Dereham Town in front of a crowd of 151 at Bridge Avenue.

The result in itself was not surprising, but an unusual attendance record was set as both Hornchurch (152) and Dereham (199) had higher attendances for their respective FA Youth Cup matches during the week.

And both clubs were concerned at the number of scouts from Football League clubs who wanted to be allowed in free of charge at these youth cup matches. Surely when a Premier League side rakes in millions of pounds each year they can afford to pay the £6 admission?

The other surprise was that neither of Hornchurch’s leading scorers, David Knight and George Purcell, could find the net.

Instead it was Tobi Joseph with two goals, which takes his own total for the season to 14, only three goals behind Knight. This compares favourably to his tally of three goals in 39 matches last season. The other scorer was Dave Collis who has now netted three times in the last month.

Urchins are without a first team midweek match, but they embark on a run of three matches away from home, starting at Barkingside next Saturday. Anyone going to this match should not go to Oakside, as Barkingside are now ground sharing at Cricklefield, home of Ilford FC.

The Barkingside fixture has been brought forward from its original January date as both clubs were without a match, and we will meet up with two ex-Urchins in the Barkingside team: Goalkeeper Darren Behcet played 107 times and Michael Spencer scored 16 goals in his 205 appearances for Hornchurch.

Then follows a trip to Cheshunt, and this in turn is followed by a first-ever visit to Brightlingsea Regent. There will be a coach to Brightlingsea, and if anyone wants to travel they are advised to book early as it is already almost full.

Our November Quiz Night was a great success and the next one is scheduled for Friday 4 December, at 7.30 pm in the social club, with the usual admission price of £4 per person.

And then comes our New Year’s Eve function on December 31, which is likely to be a sell-out, so if you want to go to this one, it is advisable to book in advance. The price is £45, which includes drinks, buffet and disco.

Hornchurch have now launched their 59 Club, which should bring them in a small but steady income. The idea is that 59 members pay £1 per week, and the winner is whoever has chosen the number which equates to the bonus ball in the Saturday lottery. It has so far proved very popular, with just four spaces left for anyone who is interested.

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