Joseph injury mars happy home win for Urchins

PUBLISHED: 15:30 07 December 2015

Tobi Joseph of Hornchurch (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Tobi Joseph of Hornchurch (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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The latest from the Hornchurch Supporters’ Association

Hornchurch have at times struggled to reproduce their away form at the Bridge, but on Saturday they were cruising to victory over Bury Town, who were unbeaten away from home, when the day was ruined by a dreadful challenge on Tobi Joseph five minutes from time.

Tobi was just about to be substituted when the incident occurred. The result was a straight red for the visiting player, who was visibly upset at what had happened, and what could well be a lengthy period of recuperation for Tobi.

George Purcell added two more goals to his season’s tally, bringing him just eight goals short of the all-time record for a Hornchurch player, and captain Elliot Styles scored his third of the season, to bring his goal-scoring total to 23 in his 436 appearances for the Urchins.

Off the field, we had another excellent turn-out for our monthly Quiz Night, which gave a useful boost to the club’s finances.

And the new club shop is at last open for business, thanks to some very hard work in the morning by several members of our Supporters Association.

We are still waiting for the new replica strip to arrive, but in the meantime we have ordered a stock of polo shirts, which are due next week. We have also purchased our own printing press, so you can bring in your own T-shirts and have them printed up with the slogan of your choice.

Two other items are on order and will hopefully be in stock in time for Christmas – beer mats and shot glasses. Our key light torches are proving to be remarkably popular and our stock of old programmes always seems to entice a lot of collectors into the shop.

The new location is directly alongside the social club, so we hope to attract customers into the shop as they enter or leave the social club. But we would ask everyone please do not bring drinks into the shop.

Our Academy side travelled to league leaders Chelmsford City on Wednesday last, and were two goals ahead before City pulled them both back on the 3G pitch at Melborne Park. We went ahead again but City levelled in the third minute of stoppage time. The result leaves Hornchurch still unbeaten in the league, five points behind City, but with three matches in hand. If you want to see for yourselves what the Youth Alliance team are like, you can come over the Bridge this Wednesday, where they are at home to Sudbury at 2 pm.

Please note that our first team home match against Tilbury, scheduled for this Tuesday, has been postponed as the Dockers have a county cup match, which takes priority.

Last week at Ship Lane, Thurrock — we again gave the home side their best league attendance of the season, almost double their average. It’s one thing to dominate the match, but it’s goals that count, and Thurrock got two of them, against our one, leaving the majority of the crowd very disappointed at the outcome.

Our next away match is at Heybridge Swifts on Saturday, and we are running a coach to the game, which leaves at 12 noon. As it is not easy to get there by public transport, if you want to travel on the team coach, please go on to the Hornchurch forum, where you can find full details.

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