The AFC Hornchurch Blog
PUBLISHED: 15:00 13 September 2018
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After five drawn games in succession, it was a relief to break the sequence with a win, although this time there were no points on offer, but instead £6,000 in FA Cup prize money.
The only goal of the game came from Brad Warner four minutes into the second half, and although there were no further goals, there were a few worrying minutes before the final whistle.
Harrow rarely troubled our goalkeeper Callum Chafer; thanks largely to some excellent defending that prevented the visitors from getting many shots on target.
The referee indicated four minutes to be added for stoppages, and these four minutes dragged out to nine minutes, as tempers boiled over.
It started when Callum Chafer threw the ball out of play to allow a player to receive attention.
Hornchurch expected the ball to be returned to them when play resumed, but this did not happen and Harrow players piled forward to a long throw into the area.
Nothing came of it as the referee blew for an infringement, and awarded a free kick to Hornchurch.
And although Harrow threw everyone forward in the last few minutes, including their goalkeeper, they did not trouble the home defence.
The draw for the next round has given us a home game against East Grinstead Town, who are currently at the foot of the South East Division of the Isthmian League, with no points from four matches.
But their cup form has been far different, with wins over South Park and Fleet Town.
We have never played East Grinstead before so they are very much of an unknown quantity.
And our next match, this Saturday, is against Dorking Wanderers.
We used to play them regularly in the Athenian League and then in the Isthmian League, but they dropped into the Sussex County League and did not return to the Isthmian League until 2012.
They have now worked their way up and into the Premier Division, and have now moved back into their old ground, which was shut down for failing to meet health and safety requirements, it has now been upgraded to include a 3G pitch as it was converted to a community sports facility. Costing £5 million.
Dorking have won two and drawn three of their first six games and are one point and one place ahead of Hornchurch in the league table, In their last match they drew 1-1 at Enfield Town, so all the indications are that it is likely to be a close encounter.