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  1. cup of tea

    Not to be

    Obviously gutted but there’s a number of factors here. Firstly, that physical battering from Enfield a few days ago, culminating in losing our player of the season in the final, that took a toll. Secondly , Cheshunt are the in form team in the league, some good defending from them today (one hell of a last ditch block from a defender showed the spirit of the team). Thirdly, that was a special second goal from them, worthy of a win. And we didn’t get the rub of the green which you need in games like this - still not sure why that goal was disallowed at the end. After an injury hit first half of the season, to get this close is a testament to the players and management at Hornchurch and we just need move on from this season and get ready to go again. Might be a bit more open next season, the best team in the league for the last two seasons , Worthing are not there next time so that makes it more interesting. Yet again more praise for Dave Holland, our amazing kit man and one of the nicest guys you’re ever likely to meet, he’s going to be missed. Well done to Cheshunt and we move on
    7 points
  2. Thanks for the hospitality today and graciousness of handshakes and well dones at the end .I'm sure you'll be doing it all again next season. You are a great club with fantastic support and you'll come again . Good luck and thanks again .
    6 points
  3. obis

    Season starts now.

    It hasn’t been good overall to date with injuries to key players and perhaps not having the rub if the green on occasions together with coming down to earth after the amazing Trophy win and teams raising their game because of this. it’s time to look forward now and effectively start again starting with today and a push towards a run towards a play off spot. This may seem unlikely at the moment but most in this division are capable of beating each other and a winning run would see us moving up the table with the momentum. Everyone from the hardcore to be the occasional fan needs something to shout about. This is a tremendous club with great potential to play at a higher level. You never know we could be playing Southend United next season. Come on you Urchins!
    6 points
  4. Amazed what a stroll that was today,what a side we have up the Urchins
    5 points
  5. The 2.1 score line was not a fair reflection of the game, with better luck and finishing this game should have been a thrashing. But it is great to watch us make so many chances. Considering that 7 regular starters were missing from the line up it shows that with our recent signings we building up strength in depth. Well done to Tom Wraight who has scored in both games he has played for us. Our new strategy of winning football matches is something that I am really getting behind 😀 Long may it continue.
    5 points
  6. A Woman’s Cup Final winner’s medal for Drew to go with the Trophy medal for Lewwis. The Spencer family must be very proud.
    5 points
  7. At the moment this is all a bit embarrassing. FA Trophy winners, loads of momentum going into the new season yet here we are, languishing towards the bottom of the table and knocked out of both cups by sides who, let's face it, were pretty rubbish. I really feel for the players, no-one wants to lose, they are busting a gut to turn this around but it's just not happening. We've done well off the pitch in terms of attracting sponsors etc but our squad was never big enough to cope with the rigours of a new season. Last season we could operate with a squad of 15/16 players when we're playing once every 4 weeks but not when playing twice a week and with the inevitable injuries and suspensions. So when we did get those injuries (granted - more than we would have expected) we end up scrambling around in the "transfer" market bringing in players who simply aren't good enough - players from clubs 2 levels below the level we're playing at. It's no wonder our form is poor. It's also very sad to see lads like Sak Hassan leave. He's a very good player now and will be even better in the future but without any means to develop him or give him competitive game time he's going to want to leave. We have no Academy, no U21 side and no U23 side where players coming through our youth set up can play competitively and follow a pathway to the first team. You can almost guarantee that the lads that make up our U18s side now will move onto new clubs at the end of the season. We bring these players on, nurture them, educate them, yet lose them because there's no route to the first team. Final point, on the subject of communication .. I'd love to be able to provide more info and insights on the website as to player availability etc but the club simply does not share any of this info. We (the HFCSA) have asked for years to get formal communications going with the club especially with social media so important but all requests simply fall on deaf ears. It's frustrating, especially when we find the Romford Recorder have more info on the club than appears on the club's own website. But a culture change is needed to address that and let's face it, that won't happen. On a positive note .. despite the doom and gloom this squad, assuming it stays injury free, is easily good enough to start climbing the table. For 3 or 4 of our previous games we should have been out of sight by half time but either through poor finishing or good goalkeeping we haven't been and have been made to pay for it second half when we've not been able to hit the same heights. We need a scrappy 1-0, then the wins will start to come and the play-offs will soon be within reach.
    5 points
  8. Now that any tiny particles of dust of disappointment have settled... Can I just say a massive well done and thanks to everyone at the Club, our manager, the players, background staff, volunteers, bar staff and especially the fans who make us feel so very welcome on every visit. Belfast Urchins would love to sponsor Tom Wraight again...for a full season and can send payment through whenever this opens again next season👌 Up the chins and see you all soon! ❤⚽️❤ Thanks - I cannot start the list yet (until we know who is in the quad next season), but I always give the previous sponsor first choice. So your name is there against Tom Wraight. Tony
    4 points
  9. OK everyone. It's almost 10 years to the day since this classic moment of footballing triumph and despair. Let's make sure we all do our bit and roar the boys on to a repeat tomorrow! See you there.
    4 points
  10. Very rarely post on other people’s forums but will do this time. Like to thank Enfield for the hospitality and the way you treated the opposition fans. Good luck for next season unless you’re playing us of course (hopefully not!)
    4 points
  11. cup of tea

    Hard watch

    We all know the hard work and effort you guys put into the pitch without any reward asked for and I’ve seen far worse this season, we know where the problem is with the pitch which is beyond your control. Appreciate everything you do
    4 points
  12. Looked like it was going to be one of those days then wallop last minute equaliser no more than we deserved carnage in the Urchin end sung through out the game and got out just rewards,up the Urchins
    4 points
  13. MikeMike

    Bedlam in the Hx end

    If you couldn't make it highlights of the game here:-
    4 points
  14. urchinman1961

    7th heaven

    Even I can't remember a winning run like this even going back to the crazy days of J&K,in a good place now after the sloppy start to the season which I think was expected after the trophy epics,well another big scalp who were on an almighty uneaten run, to give you some idea of where we are we had the luxury of bring on Liam,Ollie and Ellis,the game turned in an instant being a goal up Joe pulled off a crucial save and before you know we're 2 nil up,good crowd and lots of new faces Stortford had a decent number of fans down but no noise,well one happy Urchin today
    4 points
  15. Are we just going to ignore the fact we persist in playing players out of position hoping we will click? Once again we've had more then enough time to get a centrehalf on duel reg to deputise for Hayles/Clarke but instead play Parcell. We've got a striker who looks like he will never score in Bricknell (not replaced Dicko) and we left our 2 most creative players on the bench bringing on Ruff with 6 mins to play. This season should have been about progressing, using that cup win to push on keep the core if the team and improve it using the cup money yet we've kept the same team struggling to field more then 4 subs and languish in mid table, midweek attendance going back down to pre cup win too as the floaters who we need to boost gates arent coming back.(ask yourself why) Going up looks impossible currently, even with our injuries and suspensions we are still well short (as seen yesterday). Sorry to sound negative but this season has been awful overall.
    4 points
  16. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=595889458415090&id=558005868 Cheers to everyone for the brilliant welcome on Tuesday 3 cracking goals and some well dodgy keeping...see you all soon! #belfasturchinsontour
    4 points
  17. Digits

    Beerfest

    Thanks to each and everyone of you that turned up and supported the event. As hard graft as it is , seeing everyone enjoying theirselves make it all worth it . Added bonus we made some money for Havering Mind and towards our classroom project. See you all next year
    4 points
  18. What and deny you one of your pleasures in life
    4 points
  19. urchinman1961

    The Sam Higgins Show

    Well the hosts had no answer to him last night even had the luxury of taking him off halfway through the second half proper team display which was missing from the first game.On the down side think Remi maybe hamstrung. Money in the bank bring on Walthamstow
    4 points
  20. Not quite the Wembley attendance but well done to all that turned up shocking conditions prior to ko might have put a few fans off.Back to the game very entertaining well done to all from Warrington for the long journey total respect from the Urchins,oh well another trophy to show off on the bus tomorrow up the Urchins
    4 points
  21. We strongly recommend purchasing your ticket in advance of Monday's final. Please find further information and the online ticketing website below: https://www.hornchurchfc.com/2022/04/play-off-final-tickets-now-available-for-purchase/ COYU
    3 points
  22. Hi mate, we are looking to have external stewards in place for the game. TICKET UPDATE: UPDATE – Play-off Final tickets – Hornchurch FC Due to huge demand we have temporarily suspended online ticket sales for Monday’s Isthmian Premier League Play-off Final at home to Cheshunt. The online box office will re-open at 6pm this evening where a limited amount of tickets will be available. Once this threshold has been met, we will have 500 tickets available on the day for purchase at the gate. This shall be on a first come, first served basis. Tickets can be purchased at our dedicated ticketing website,
    3 points
  23. obis

    What a night

    IMG_6740.MOV Scenes !
    3 points
  24. Winslow Boy

    SSML PIay-offs

    Hard disagree. The league is open to all the teams to win it. If you’re good enough to go up then finish in the promotion places the same as the last 100 years, not 5th and 20-30 points off the pace and then spunk your way in. The season is 40 games long, we have positions for a reason, that’s the test, not saying the whole season was a pointless prelude for most for essentially a cup competition. It’s a league, reward consistency. At this level it’s ridiculous. If you want to be involved at the business end then you should’ve been good enough all season to be up there. My position is, that if you’re going to promote 2 or 3 sides you promote the best ones over the course of the season.
    3 points
  25. It's a results business and not for thr purist we took ages to get going and to go one down against a bang average team had you thinking it was going to be one of those nights but we managed to turn it round and once we done that it was a bit to end to end for my liking but another 3 points and a huge game Saturday would imagine some Enfield there tonight checking us out,up the Urchins
    3 points
  26. So, the unbeaten run continues and we move into 4th place. A tougher match than expected, Leatherhead were compact at the back and quick to close down but also didn't really offer much going forwards but still had a couple of decent chances. But Hornchurch kept at it until Tobi broke the deadlock. Hard luck for Remi not getting on the score sheet with another fine run into the box but Higgo on hand to tidy up after the goal line save. That is the third game in a row Sam Higgins has come on in the 74th minute and scored - that's scarily consistent.
    3 points
  27. Was hard viewing at times but we ground out the result without ever getting out of second gear. The midfield didn't seem to be on the same wavelength at times unlike previous week's but a wins a win and the run continues! Well done lads
    3 points
  28. cup of tea

    Wow!

    Tremendous result for us today. Well done to the Hornchurch staff for getting the game on, only one of two in our division not postponed. Really dominated the game despite the conditions. Some really good goals there, good assists from Tobi today. Last goal was something special from Sam Higgins, hope our cameraman was thawed out enough to catch it! Hat trick for Liam, well taken pen from Tom Wraight. East Thurrock look like a team that’s going to struggle to stay up, a couple of chances in the first half and their guy really should have scored in the second half but scuffed his shot wide but that was really about it. all in all, a very satisfactory result and the gd is really up there with the teams around us after today. Well done to all
    3 points
  29. urchinman1961

    Swap shop

    Well we finally got into a play off position at the expense of our visitor's Folkstone today,what a second half it took Folkstone to equalise to kick start us from the game being one all in the next 11 minutes we were 3 one up,enter Sam Higgins as a sub he was actually unstoppable and got his customary goal welcome back big man,good atmosphere another big crowd and another 3 points the Hornchurch juggernaut continues,up the Urchins
    3 points
  30. First goal was a relief against an inform Horsham the second took forever,how many chances did we over complicate and squander and there was that dread we may pay for it,at times our play was sublime other times panicky and clumsy,entertaining game all the same as the Chins march on and on and if you want to see how football should be played watch Tom Wraight up the Urchins
    3 points
  31. WHAT A DAY
    3 points
  32. Cracking win - really should have been more but getting the three points was the important thing here. You always start to worry it’s going to be one of those days when you miss an early pen. Nicely taken goal by Parcell, looked like it was going to miss and swung in at the last minute. Bit disappointed with the theatrics from one or two of the Bowers players, well done to the ref for booking their no 7 for clear simulation. Held out with 10 men, really pleased with a hard earned win and a decent crowd as well. Well done to all and a happy new year
    3 points
  33. Class is permanent.Chairman who bankroll smaller clubs are temporary
    3 points
  34. A touch of deja vu with a completely overwhelming first half performance from Hornchurch and at least half a dozen decent chances (an observation reflected by an incandescent W&F fan at half time) but just the single goal to show for it. The fears came to fruition a quarter of an hour into the second half when George Winn got a red card. With the extra man Wingate & Finchley managed to get out of their own half and cause problems resulting in an equaliser. Yet Hornchurch still had enough quality to create decent chances and yet again Ben Goode had a worldie game keeping them out. But despite this Hornchurch got the ball in the net twice, although one was ruled offside, to get their noses in front again. Moments later Wingate's Tyrique Clarke was also off for an early bath and with equal numbers it wasn't too difficult to see the game out. So, three wins on the spin, 2 games in a row without giving away a penalty (so glad to see that habit broken) and moved up into the top 10. The next four league games all look winnable (touch wood) if we can catch a break with injuries (I think we had more players in the stands than on the pitch) and keep the current form going. Finally, good luck to Jili at Sheffield United, I believe he agreed to put about 35 tickets on the gate for his debut
    3 points
  35. 4 wins out the last 6 it's play off form results business not a thriller apart from the last 15 minutes,team dug in but what a shift by Liam unlucky not increase our lead at the end my prediction wasn't bad either up the Urchins
    3 points
  36. Despite the severe wind chill a very warming performance and for want of more clinical finishing we should have won by more. I was fortunate to be right in line with Lewiss when he took the shot for goal and what made it even more special was immediately after the game a Bognor fan was complaining that they only lost because of a fluke goal who then told me to f off when I said it was deliberate 😀 With the run of fixtures we have ahead hopefully this is the start of a winning run to get us a in a position to be challenging for the playoffs. COYU
    3 points
  37. Sam

    Season starts now.

    Good in the first half but I thought we lacked power in the second half 😂 boom boom
    3 points
  38. Nice club Tring and got a lot of a time for Gary who kept that club running for years. There is little to no ground development opportunity there, so not sure what the end game was for their 5 year plan. Appears a lot of grandiose statements with little substance. the last club in Division 2 to publicly promote a 5 year plan was Mursley and they are now in the North Bucks and about 8 years into their plan.
    3 points
  39. COYS1961

    LEWES GAME

    What a fantastic all round performance from mark and the boys. Tight defending, creative midfield and clinical in attack.
    3 points
  40. You and LS are aware we are a step 3 or 7th Division club, which lives on day to day income that gets the club through. im sure managers go and watch players at other games when they can in between Tuesday/Saturday games, midweek training and probably full time employment but don’t worry about that
    3 points
  41. Hi All, To increase the amount of places you will be able to get a drink within the ground, on Saturday the club will be opening a cash only bar near the burger van. This includes real ales and beers. Please note this is cash only. This week's guest polypin is Brewers Gold
    3 points
  42. 3 points
  43. Great draw for the Jets, 2-2, after such a tumultuous week and with a scratch team featuring only 3 first team regulars. Mainly and understandably backs to the wall for much of the game, a forgettable first half ended goalless and gave no hint of the drama to come after the break. The high flying K's went ahead within a minute of the restart, but the imperious Lewis Putman replied with a towering and perfectly placed header soon after. Midway through the half the disappointing visitors went ahead again but for an even shorter period. Puts posed problems all afternoon despite plowing a lonely farrow, and taking the ball from halfway ran at the defence only to be clearly brought down in the box. A clear pen duly given, but this prompted an ice hockey style brawl, resulting in no less than 5 bookings, four of them to Kingstonian players. Putnam converted, there were scenes, opposing fans gave the ref plenty and we go again on Wednesday. Amazing performance in any circumstances, and stunning after the events of midweek. Personally it was great to be back, my first live game since the 10-0 win over Colney in November, having had open heart surgery in July.
    3 points
  44. is there any update on when season tickets will be available for purchase? i don't think i will make many matches this season, but my deal with the footballing gods was if we lifted the trophy at wembley, i'd purchase a season ticket for life. speaking of which. Essex cricket have a lifetime membership programme which is tiered according to age. Membership 2021 (essexcricket.org.uk) is this potentially something the club / supporters club have considered? e.g. for someone like myself in the age 20-30 bracket, lifetime season ticket could cost £5,250 whereas NotTheRealSteveWest in the 50-60 bracket would be £2,100. for ref, based on £177.30 adult renewal price. despite my lack of attendance in recent years, this club is never far from my thoughts and maybe a lifetime membership cash injection would be a good financial post-covid boost for the club as we seek promotion. if not for match attendance, supporters club life membership? that said, if introduced, i would most likely "forget" my card and still pay at turnstiles during a rare weekend where fates collide and myself, westy and fisherman's friend can make a home game. it was so much easier to attend when they were online lol. go well.
    3 points
  45. HFC1881

    Trophy memories

    Hi folks, First off, a very belated congratulations on the FA Trophy win. I think it gave supporters of all Isthmian League clubs a lift to follow your incredible run during what was an otherwise frustrating season for the rest of us. As programme editor for Horsham FC, I'd like to ask if anyone would like to put together a personal account of their day at the final that can be included in the programme for our meeting on August 14th? If you were present at any of the previous rounds in a club capacity (particularly the victory over Notts County) then even better! I think it would a great piece for fans to read and if you have photos of the big day that we could use, too, that would be great. If you're interested, please email me at horshamfc@yahoo.co.uk for further info. Thanks, Mark
    3 points
  46. Winslow Boy

    SSML PIay-offs

    Why are they on separate days? Worried about tv schedule conflicts or enough police for the games?
    2 points
  47. Thankfully I was too lazy to log in after the game but all I would have said was just 2 words. Unexpectedly abject. It was pretty miserable to watch in that biting cold wind. But having had time to sleep on it, these are my brief observations. We never got a foothold in the game, not a sniff. We never had more than a second on the ball, which caused a lot of mistakes, mispasses and over-optimistic balls over the top which the runners never really had a chance to get onto. Some praise has to go to Stortford for their pressing and forcing mistakes. Having said that, I don't think Stortford were anything special and I didn't feel as anxious as against some other teams when they went forward. I think the ball spent far too much time in the air for such a blustery day. No one had their shooting boots on and their w@nker of a keeper was never under much pressure. If you're going to lose, it may as well be against a team in form. So all is not lost. My slight concern is that while we don't have many top teams left to play, we have quite a few against those looking nervously over their shoulder at the drop. The usual process is to steamroller a couple of these and struggle against those determined to make a fight for it. The sooner our opponents go 'on the beach' the better. I still feel confident for the rest of the season. You don't go from top of the form guide to relegation fodder in one game. It's just that this game offered no crumb of comfort whatsoever. Certainly didn't hear a MoM announced and that summed it up. Roll on W&F and roll 'em over.
    2 points
  48. The Cold End sums it up well .. I really do believe we are going up this season, so made sure I went yesterday as I haven't been there before. Great free kick from Lyle at the start, Jerry tap in for the 2nd (no cartwheel this time after your attempt at Hadley!) after Mo got the ball outside the area and went past their right back to lay it across nicely .. Sam's thunderbolt for the 3rd was amazing .. disappointed I wasn't standing right behind the goal when the 1st and 3rd went in! To me, felt we were always going to win this one when we went ahead .. 2nd half was quieter and fair play to B&P their heads didnt go down .. (their overweight capt did swear at a few of our fans at one point - wonder what we said about him!) Great to get a late 4th - great run from PK and clinical from Cass - what a signing he is! MOM could have gone to Lyle or Sam .. great to see Lyle staying up in a more attacking position rather than having to keep tracking back OT - yes would have been nice to keep a clean sheet .. but it was a comfortable win so not the end of the world .. DJW - back in 16/7 under BQ we scored 86 in 46 games (1.8 goals/game) and conceded 57 (1.2/game) Currently in 21/2 we have scored 71 in 29 (2.4 goals/game) and conceded 40 (1.4/game) - so we are scoring 0.6 goals more/game and conceding 0.2 more. When you look at the squad we had out yesterday - and missing were Harold, Maja, Elija the young RB, Cunnington & Coker, plus the other new signing,... we have a very strong squad now to cope with injuries and suspensions. Folkestone dropped points yesterday (as did Stortford & Hornchurch)- and are now 9pts off us with 3 games in hand .. We have only 3 games left against teams in the top 11 - whereas Worthing have 7 or 8 against "good" sides ...
    2 points
  49. Need a miracle? Well Hadley despite their passion and running themselves into the ground were beaten with Nathan McDonald rarely being troubled. what facts do have about Chelmsford other than 2W 2D 2L in their first 6 games which makes beaten them a miracle. this forum should be renamed ‘Not The ETFC Supporters Forum’ we go to Chelmsford with hope, positivity and whatever will be will be, it’s Cup Football
    2 points
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