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PUBLISHED: 08:00 26 October 2018

Frustration for Sean Marks of Hornchurch during AFC Hornchurch vs Tonbridge Angels, Bostik League Premier Division Football at Hornchurch Stadium on 20th October 2018

Frustration for Sean Marks of Hornchurch during AFC Hornchurch vs Tonbridge Angels, Bostik League Premier Division Football at Hornchurch Stadium on 20th October 2018

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Leon Smith of Hornchurch goes closeduring AFC Hornchurch vs Tonbridge Angels, Bostik League Premier Division Football at Hornchurch Stadium on 20th October 2018Leon Smith of Hornchurch goes closeduring AFC Hornchurch vs Tonbridge Angels, Bostik League Premier Division Football at Hornchurch Stadium on 20th October 2018

Three weeks ago I went to the USA, narrowly missing a hurricane for the second year in succession. And for the second year in succession, we had gone twelve matches unbeaten when the plane left Gatwick.

I was confident we would continue that run, but then a succession of text messages from Max, our resident announcer, each more depressing than the previous one, told me that our unbeaten run was over, and I came back to find we were on the crest of a slump - four losses in succession.

We could not complain about our two goal defeat at the hands of Tonbridge.

We were on top in the first-half, and George Purcell twice went close, hitting one shot just wide and hitting the bar with another attempt a few minutes later.

Tonbridge took the lead in stoppage time in the first half with a penalty, and they scored again in second half stoppage time to secure the points.

At least we could turn it around at Margate, on their new 3G surface - or so we thought. Power failure - match off.

The floodlights went out at 6.20 pm, and the match was called off at 6.45 pm, with players and supporters already inside the ground.

What is it about the Kent coast? We went to Ramsgate a few seasons ago and the match ended on 34 minutes, due to a power failure.

We went to Margate a few seasons later, having been assured the match was definitely going ahead.

When we got there we found a nice green pitch, but the only problem was that it was well and truly waterlogged, as Peter Butcher, our secretary, quickly found out when he tried to walk across the pitch and lost a shoe in the process.

Not daunted, he went back to retrieve his shoe, and promptly lost the other one.

Then the referee arrived, took one look at the pitch, and called it off - not a difficult decision really.

With a certain degree of irony, the players then trained on an immaculate surface in nearby Hartsdown Park. So it is now back to Margate in midweek.

We are at home to Ramsgate in the FA Trophy this weekend, and, subject to the match not going to a replay, we are again at home, to Merstham.

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