My evaluation of the two teams were that if you were to merge the best bits from each team, it would be unstoppable.
Canvey were very good on the floor, but Hornchurch dominated in the air, which they used to their advantage. Canvey had more possession of the ball, but Hornchurch had a greater physical presence and knew how to stop us. Canvey had pacy wingers and pushed the ball about well. Hornchurch had pacy forwards and used the long ball well.
In the end it was a penalty that divided the two teams and possibly the scoreline of 1-1 would've been a truer reflection of the afternoon's events. End to end stuff with both 'Keepers called into action on numerous occasions. Ricky Wiseman having to be alert and quick off his line while Dale Brightly pulled off some stunning one-handed saves.
Both sets of fans were in fine voice with chants of Yellow/Red Army continuing to the final minute and both sets of players appeared to appreciate the support.
I will now put on my yellow tinted spectacles for some biased issues:
The Referee's inconsistancy put a damper on some things. He let niggly fouls go; handballs, elbows, shirt-pulling. He was very dubious on what fouls were worthy of cards and which weren't.
Again, like the Enfield game I think some of Canvey's positional play, particularly on the left seemed extremely poor and it seems to be the same players doing it week, after week. I don't think names need to be mentioned as those around me all agreed on the culprits.
Credit to Hornchurch, their players used their experience, particularly at the back and of course Colin McBride is no mug, his half-time team talk did the trick in the middle of the park and the Urchins knew where to shut us down and how to counter us on the break.
We couldn't break them down in the end and although I have no complaints about the penalty decision it seemed to take the sparkle off the game that it was that which would determine the winner.
Excellent goal from Ryan Edgar for Canvey's equaliser, a thunderous strike, which Hornchurch knew they didn't want to let happen again.
Lets get back on track after this festive blip and take revenge against Tilbury next weekend.
PS. How hungry were the Urchins down that end? We were out of burgers, buns and bacon by half-time!