Knight shines bright for Urchins

PUBLISHED: 09:30 17 November 2015

David Knight of Hornchurch (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

David Knight of Hornchurch (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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When Hornchurch were left without a match on Saturday, our secretary moved quickly to bring the Barkingside fixture forward from its original January date.

The move was in part to ensure that George Purcell would not miss the match against Cheshunt three days later (the striker had to serve a one-match suspension after picking up five bookings), but with Barkingside’s good form in recent weeks, it could easily have backfired.

With the scores level on the hour mark, we were beginning to wonder if it was such a good move – and then two goals in as many minutes restored the faith.

The scorer was David Knight, who had experienced a lean spell in October, with just two goals. His tally for the season now stands at 19, three less than Purcell.

If you did not go to the match and would like to watch the goals, then go to our official web site where you can find them. Most of our matches are on video and the goals are available both on YouTube and on the official Hornchurch web site.

Despite the weather – rain throughout and a strong wind – Barkingside enjoyed their best league attendance of the season, some 60 percent up on their average, and this was primarily due to the large away following.

Despite relegation last season, the away support has held up well, and other clubs have also benefited – Romford had double their usual crowd figure for the visit of the Urchins, and Aveley and Redbridge also recorded their highest of the season. Which begs the question – why are the home gates lower than last season?

Remember Leon McKenzie? He last played for Hornchurch at Dulwich Hamlet in September 2014, when he lasted just six minutes before receiving what at the time seemed a minor injury, but which turned out to be a lot more serious, and which kept him out of football for nearly 14 months. On Saturday he made a welcome return when he came on for the last ten minutes of the match – so it’s welcome back to Leon.

Anyone wishing to travel on the coach to Brightlingsea on Saturday should move quickly as there are now only three places left. But if you cannot get to Brightlingsea then there is an excellent alternative as the Under 21 team is at home to Old Barkabbeyans in the Essex Premier Cup. This match kicks off at 1.30 pm and in the event of the scores being level there will be extra time and (if needed) penalties.

Our next Quiz Night is scheduled for Friday 04-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 31-December, 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.

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