Urchins Blog: Relief to progress in FA Cup

PUBLISHED: 15:00 27 September 2018

Callum Chafer of Hornchurch reacts during their FA Cup tie (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Callum Chafer of Hornchurch reacts during their FA Cup tie (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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It was a relief to get through in the FA Cup against East Grinstead without having a replay.

With our visitors at the wrong end of the lower division of the league, our supporters could be forgiven if they expected an easy passage but as it turned out, we had a few scares before we eventually progressed.

There was a collective sigh of relief when George Purcell put us ahead a minute after half time, but we had more than a few worries when East Grinstead equalised five minutes later.

Sean Marks scored from close range to put us back in front, but our visitors looked far better than their league position suggested, and they must surely start to move up the table.

After the match the East Grinstead officials were understandably disappointed and they felt they had done enough to earn a second chance.

They also said that they will shortly have to travel on a Tuesday to Guernsey for a league match, and they wondered how they could ask their players to take two days off work in order to fulfil the fixture.

A very valid comment, given that all players at this level have a day job.

During the week our manager Jim McFarlane signed Nana Boakye-Yiadom, who has played for Leatherhead and Dulwich Hamlet, and his most recent club was Concord Rangers.

He only managed a few playing minutes against East Grinstead, and, with no match in midweek, we arranged a friendly match against Cheshunt, which was intended to give some playing time to those who were on the bench on Saturday, plus a chance to have a look at some more trialists.

But after just 12 minutes the match had to be abandoned when a Cheshunt player broke his ankle.

The FA Cup draw has not done us any favours, with a trip to Hampton & Richmond, who are currently occupying one of the play-off places in the National League South and one of he favourites to get promotion.

We have two other matches before we travel to Hampton as this Saturday we travel to Burgess Hill, who lost 3-0 to our next FA Cup opponents, Hampton & Richmond Borough, on Saturday last.

And, by coincidence, their last league match was a 1-1 draw at Folkestone, who visit us on Tuesday.

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