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  1. My flabber was completely ghasted when I heard the result of the appeal. It is the first appeal at this level that I have ever seen upheld, even other appeals with what seemed to be compelling video evidence. I am 100% certain that without the video there wouldn't even have been an appeal. The question of retrospective action is tricky. Can a red card/ban be given for simulation/unsporting behaviour (I can't think offhand of any other offence that could be applied) so maybe a yellow would be the worst case applicable. I wonder also whether either of the officials would receive a sanction because it has been proven that what they thought they saw didn't happen and for something so game changing you have to be 100% and can't be guessing. I only give the minutiae of the professional game a passing interest but I have heard of retrospective punishments given after trial by TV. Have these been for something of this nature or is it more off the ball stuff that got missed? Presumably it is the FA who would instigate such proceedings rather than the club so, again, I would doubt anything further would happen even if there is precedent at the higher levels of the pyramid. And even if that kind of common sense prevailed it would likely only be Margate that got informed. And then of course there is the question of hypocrisy. I bet that player, indeed any player, would tell you they hate cheating in the game yet there's a high probability that his team mates gave him high-fives and the club did nothing. I would like to think that if a (AFC) Hornchurch player had done the same they would have been sanctioned by the club but maybe that is just a pipe dream and winning at any cost is all that counts. In this matter I am in agreement with Alex Sharp's notes in the following home match program, I could easily beat my children at any board game by cheating but where is the satisfaction and challenge?
  2. Potters Bar have until the end of the month to provide additional covered areas for 200 more people or they'll be relegated. If they have a collection I am minded to contribute as I prefer these things settled on the pitch. I'll be keeping an eye on Harlow vs Wingate and Kingstonian vs Burgess Hill as well and hope they go our way as well.
  3. A terrific well done to the hardy souls who walked to today's game, I hope the achy muscles ease quickly. That was as tough as I had anticipated it would be but I thought we'd done enough to get a point. Under a lot of pressure for most of the game but never seemed overwhelmed. Chances were few and far but never any attempt to just park the bus. Always a bit gutting when the winner comes so late but it was well worked. Didn't seem too many complaints to the offside flag for Charlie's goal, looked OK to me at the half way line At least the other results limited the damage and with four of the remaining eight games against teams around and about us our fate is in our hands. Oh, and so, so quiet for a crowd of 509!! Just as well the Urchins behind the goal were in attendance.
  4. Just watched the goals again on AFCHTV YouTube channel - my oh my oh my.
  5. @Shanghai I've just read there is free roast potatoes at half time. You just need some green beer and all your dreams will have come true.
  6. The goals are now available to view here https://www.leatherheadfc.com/news/3675/show
  7. Without doubt a very important game. The away fixture was a very miserable Tuesday night where each side played with and against the tide. It was my first Urchin away game and I was very surprised at how many Urchins travelled. Margate were in much better shape at that time and a 0-0 draw was a good result (I am choosing to ignore the blatant handball that only three persons failed to see and my failing memory also seems to think Hx had the ball over the line but not given [I just re-read the match report and there is no mention of this second opinion and I was on the half way line so must be a case of wishful thinking]) This weekend though everything is completely different. I have no desire to upset long-term Urchins but with 2-3 exceptions I think all the released/left on their own choice players have been replaced with stronger players. And, fingers crossed, the results are starting to match the performance. Margate have also had a change of manager and a new loanee striker from Conf National Dartford with Scottish pro football experience. But, to use a boxing analogy, what is the tale of the tape. Well, tonight Margate went behind against Carshalton Athletic in the fourth minute but got a 90th minute equaliser to remain one place and two points ahead of Hx but having played one extra game. Looking at the six game form guide, Margate are 2-2-2 and 14th whilst Hx are 3-0-3 and 11th. But to add context, Hx last three opponents have been top 10 (Leatherhead OMG) whilst Margate have been 11th and below. So, what's my prediction? Well, I see there is an established thread and 2 division league for that sort of thing so I'll keep my counsel. Seems likely that all three George's will be unavailable so Stimmo, Robbo and Southo (?) will need a new vocabulary. Won't be surprised to see A.N. Other on the bench, after all I have seen M. Stimson, 51 named last year. On a personal note I remain unashamedly ex-Thurrock (17 years is a hard habit to break) but am delighted with the welcome extended to me and my fellow 'fleeters. I was privileged to speak with Blackballed at Leatherhead (who told me I am now an Urchin because I've been at every Stimmo game except Whitehawk away) and PonyTailedUrchin (I think) has chatted with me at nearly every game. So, Jago, if you want a shandy (I drive to all games so that's my limit) and a chat they'll point you in my direction (and you can double check my mental health) though you may have to cross the divide into the West End (I think you call it Riverside) or you can find me queuing for a tea and a kit-kat at half time. You said you were shy but I can confirm I am house trained and have just achieved 100% in a recent Prevention of Sexual Harassment course at work so I think you can risk it.
  8. I noticed three cameras at the game (along with a GoPro behind the goal). Were any of these connected to AFCHTV? Very keen to see the goals again.
  9. The well deserved plaudits for today's performance will surely flood in but a mention for the Urchins behind the goal who resisted the urge to taunt 'head fans with well loved classics such as "10 men, we only need 10 men" and "1-0 and you messed it up". Standing by the Home bench was also interesting as they became increasingly irate. The assistant manager putting his fist through the perspex when we equalised was unexpected and one of the other coaches complaining to the ref "He took 15 seconds from when you blew the whistle" also amused. But beyond that, oh my goodness, talk about knuckle down and give blood, sweat and tears to get a result. When George got the red card it was "gonna be difficult to get a point out of this", then at 1-0 down it was "hope this doesn't turn into a nightmare" then back to "a long time to hold on for a point" . Reflecting at half time though I thought Hx had created more chances, including hitting the post and stayed that way for the first 20 of the second half and justly rewarded with the lead. As legs got tired in the final ten+five it turned into "We don't deserve to lose these three points" but again the boys dug deep and managed the game through to the final whistle. Whisper it softly but time to stop looking over shoulders at the drop zone and time to look upwards at mid table. Next two games at the Bridge can get Hx up there.
  10. Purfleet from the 2000/2001 season. Colin McBride sold me tickets for a pre season friendly against a proper West Ham XI.
  11. I decided I would initially go wherever the majority of my favourite players went and take it from there and that was Waltham Abbey. Not constrained by public transport as I have always travelled under my own steam I added quite a few ticks at some pleasant grounds in the South Central Division (plus two absolute sh*tholes). When Mark moved to Hornchurch I stayed at Abbey for one or two games before the players also moved across. If everyone moves again I don't really know which way I'd sway but am hoping to not have to make that choice. Other Thurrock regulars seem to be spread between Grays, Aveley and Romford as far as I can tell. Waltham's low attendance certainly felt familiar and it's been interesting adjusting to larger crowds again that I haven't seen since Thurrock's Conference South days. I quite enjoy the call and response between the hill and the east side and was very surprised at how many Urchins travel - especially Margate on a wet and windy Tuesday night. I'm aware of some strong disappointment over the player turnover as I went through that at least twice as Thurrock lost pretty much the entire team (including when Colin and Jimmy first came to Hornchurch). In my case we started again with players from youth teams and lower divisions and took a lot longer to get back to where we were but you just have to stay with your team regardless. The anti-Harlow feeling comes from them singing about us having no ground and no team. I'm always up for banter but that was beyond the pale. Overjoyed at Worthing beating them 9-1. I am usually on the Riverside - or West End as I prefer to call it. As to questioning my sanity you're not the first.
  12. Agree with you about drums. Should only be allowed if inserted in the rectum. Ronnie's goal similar to Charlie, both composed in rounding the keeper. And a composed defensive line against what was expected to be a lively Enfield attack. I can only think of two serious chances they were given. George going off was a blow but the flexibility of the squad allowed players to swap around without really affecting the shape. Midfield strong as well. Christou and Spence both had worldy chances that fizzed wrong side of the upright. Icing on the cake for me was Harlow getting stuffed 9-1
  13. Well that went alright didn't it? Did anyone foresee Ronnie Winn at left back? I suppose I should have guessed having seen him play there before but I had anticipated George Winn at LB with Jordan Clark at centre half. I feared the worse when Bracknell took the lead but the response was magnificent and just wave after wave of attack until the equaliser. How on Earth did Alex hang that high for so long before heading home? Given recent games I was holding my breath either side of half time but all good this time. Terrific goal from Charlie Stimson to take the lead with the near post header from the corner and then another dubious penalty decision against us. Only four minutes though before George Purcell did what George Purcell does shooting across the keeper inside the far post. With Enfield Town staging a late recovery and then winning on penalties Saturday becomes a dress rehearsal for the final at Aveley FC
  14. Wow, that is extremely comprehensive. I have never collated stats myself so cannot add any more to what you already have. I was basing my comments on the player stats page in the final Thurrock FC program which had Remi at 199 games; that he was on the team sheet at Staines despite being injured for the one purpose of being brought on to achieve the 200 game milestone (A touch of class from Mark I thought); Chairman Tommy South presenting him with a commemorative gift to recognise the achievement. All circumstantial I grant you but compelling all the same. I would recommend that you perhaps get in touch with Thurrock's co-founder, fixtures secretary, club secretary, committee member Norman Posner (Now at AFCH) who might be able to fill the gaps.
  15. Remi was injured but Mark brought him on as centre forward in last few minutes so he could achieve 200 games milestone. Joe Christou was at East Thurrock United in the Conference South when this match was played.
  16. Reece was one of my favourite players. When he overlapped Joe Christou on the right wing was something sublime to watch. Always gives 100% for 100 minutes and one of the fittest players I've seen. If he was coming I'd have thought he'd have been here by now but then I wasn't expecting to see Remi either.
  17. Always a fan's favourite at Thurrock. Many memories of his rampaging box to box runs and thirty yard strikes. Hopefully we'll soon see some more
  18. That's pretty much how I saw it as well. I was at halfway line and thought the penalty was very soft. Pretty sure we had many more half chances and on another day Sean would have had another hat trick, similarly George Purcell. The whole team seemed to be more cohesive today and working for each other. As you say, good performances everywhere, each time you thought "there's my man of the match" someone else would do something to change your mind.
  19. Top notch performances all over the pitch. A deserved 3 points with a clean sheet as added bonus
  20. As a newcomer to the Urchin cause I have only ever seen Nathan Cooper on the opposing team but he always stood out with awesome performances. Glenn seems to have settled quickly though and his experience at higher levels will hopefully get the clean sheets coming in again. From my Thurrock days, it took a while for Jordan to find a settled position rather than filling in wherever necessary as a utility player but once he started sitting in front of the back 4 at the bottom of a diamond he found his home, from comments I have read many long-term Urchins seem to think the same way. I am also a long-time fan of Joe Christou and was very pleased to see him back in action - and again what I have read on Twitter, match reports etc. also identified him as making an immediate impact. Also, in the short time I've been following the team, I have never seen someone hit the post so many times as George Purcell - if either or both against Folkestone had gone in I'm certain we'd have won that game. George Saunders - how does he not get kicked ten yards into touch to slow him down after mugging off another full back? But, my goodness, when he is on it he is unplayable! To me, he sometimes seems to rush when he has more time to wait for a better situation to develop but so many assists already and can only get better with time. I could also wax lyrical about all the other regular starting XI (could also bitch but I tend to be glass half full) and it is frustrating that the results aren't matching up with the quality of the football. But, 3rd to 15th are covered by only 10 points so string a few results together, get on the bottom of that ladder and then suddenly another couple of results can jump you several places up the table.
  21. Was good to see James Goode and Joe Christou on the bench. Even better to see Joe get 30 minutes under his belt.
  22. I think my favourite passage of play was the passing in and out from midfield to strikers and working across the pitch and back patiently looking for the cross into George Purcell that saw the double point blank save.
  23. A bit tentative for 10-15 minutes then grew into the game. I read Alex's notes in the program about not taking chances and I think that was true again in the first half but despite that seemed to be cruising at half time. Second half seemed disjointed for some reason and things just didn't seem to come off. Was at the other end of ground but the penalty seemed soft, looked accidental after a slip but I guess I'd have appealed as loudly as Brentwood if position reversed. Very end to end thereafter with both sides failing to seal the win in 90 minutes. But then the penalty shootout - Well what can I say, I think Gareth needs to come down to The Stadium to see how it should be done. Jordan, George, George, Ronnie - all unstoppable and whilst Callum didn't manage to save any I think he did enough to force the 2 misses. So, into the semi-final as the lowest level team so time to think like Newport County for just two more games in this competition.
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