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Hard earned point at Boreham Wood - report and stats


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Tuesday 13th April 2010






BW – Tony Tucker – Bradley Fraser – Daniel Braithwaite – Leon Hunter – Ryan Moran – Luke Garrard – Mario Notu © - Lee Allinson – Claude Seanla – Dewayne Clarke – Greg Morgan


Subs – Chris Watter for Morgan 54 – Ryan Kirby – Jamie Richards for Hunter at half time – Jay Street – Jon Clements




HFC – Darren Behcet –Billy Coyne – Sam Sloma - Elliot Styles © - Rickie Hayles - Jamie Dormer –- Andy Tomlinson – Tommy Black –Soz Yao - Ross Wall – Michael Spencer


Subs - Ronsard Kehi – Mervin Abraham for Yao 76 - Mitchell Stuart-Evans - Ronnie Fletcher for Sloma 83




Bookings – Moran 29 (BW) – Hayles 63 (H) – Fraser 69 (BW) – Styles 88 (H)


Attendance 151 – 80 from Hornchurch


Duration 46.29 + 47.01


Officials - A Gillett with A Groves and P Baterman


Weather – 6 degrees, clear, wind speed up to 30 mph


Colours – BW – white / black / back


H – blue and white stripes / blue / blue


Admission - £9 / £6 – programme £2


Food – hideously expensive, though I am told it is above average. A mortgage is needed.










Tambeson Eyong failed a pre-match fitness test and Tommy Black came into the starting line up. Soz Yao also started, playing against his old club. The teams came out to be faced by a near gale force wind, which swept diagonally across the pitch. The attendance was pitifully small and would not have made three figures had it not been for the away following.




In difficult conditions both teams took time to settle, but Hornchurch felt very much aggrieved when Elliot Styles sent a long header up high field and Soz Yao raced through the middle, only for Ryan Moran to handle the ball and prevent Soz from shooting. Tommy Black’s free kick, taken just outside the area, drifted across goal and out for a goal kick. Black then pumped a ball through to Jamie Dormer but home keeper Tony Tucker reacted quickly to come out of goal to clear.




Wood came back with a good move started by Daniel Braithwaite who intercepted a pass in midfield and a free kick was awarded against Rickie Hayles. Luke Garrard placed his kick wide of the wall and Darren Behcet made a good save at the foot of the post. Wood looked dangerous and when Lee Allinson played a corner short to Mario Notu, Notu quickly played the ball into a packed goalmouth, where it rolled across the goal without anyone being able to get a touch and out for a throw at the other side of the pitch.




Michael Spencer took a good pass from Sam Sloma and rounded Bradley Fraser and crossed high into the goalmouth. Keeper Tucker, under pressure from Tommy Black, dropped the ball, but before Tommy could react the whistle went for a free kick, although the keeper had simply failed to hold the ball and had not been fouled. Billy Coyne then took a long throw which was played on by Dormer to Yao, whose first time shot was blocked on the line, and the ball rebounded to Michael Spencer, whose follow up shot rose sharply and skimmed the bar. Rickie Hayles then made a timely tackle on Claude Seanla, who had played for Horsham against Hornchurch last month, and Rickie placed the ball neatly up to Ross Wall, and thence to Soz, and out to Black, whose high cross was half cleared by Fraser to Spencer, but Micheal’s shot was too high and over the bar.




Dormer to Wall, and an excellent through ball sent Soz racing towards goal, and just before the penalty area he was brought down by Moran, who was booked. Tommy Black took the free kick and the ball again went across goal without anyone getting a touch, whilst Wood were more than happy to still have eleven players on the field.




Wood came back again with a good move by Greg Morgan who slipped the ball onwards to Allinson who quickly played it through to Seanla, but Rickie Hayles shielded the ball out of play. Sam Sloma made a good run and Black went close from the resultant centre, and a similar move involving Sloma and Spencer again gave Black a shooting chance, but his shot was inches over the bar.




The wind increased after the interval and again made for very tricky conditions. A long clearance by Darren Behcet was headed on by Ross Wall to Soz Yao, who raced goalwards, but was pulled back by a somewhat controversial offside flag. Ironically the same situation occurred at the other end, when home keeper Tucker punted a long ball up to Jamie Richards who appeared to be several yards offside, but no flag was waved and Richards ran on, but he hammered his shot high over the bar, the ball last being seen heading towards the nearby film studios. Coyne then gave Dormer a half chance but Tucker saved well. Wood nearly scored when Darren Behcet came out to clear a ball on the left, but hesitated and was caught way out of his goal. Jamie Richards quickly tried to play the ball in from 40 yards out, and the ball rolled slowly goalwards and then went past the far post for a goal kick.




When Wood were awarded a free kick the ball was well caught by Darren Behcet, who, a second later, was left motionless on the ground after a challenge by Moran. Moran had already been booked. The entire Hornchurch team and management were incensed, and as Darren was receiving attention, the referee walked slowly towards the linesman, then walked slowly back to the scene of the incident. A straight red was a distinct possibility – and what action was taken? – None whatsoever.




In Hornchurch’s next attack Michael Spencer went streaking down the wing, and was felled by Fraser who was booked, and, to ironic cheers from the Hornchurch following, Hornchurch were awarded a free kick. Andy Tomlinson took the kick and yet again the ball went untouched across goal. Dormer went close after cutting in from the right, and Mervin Abraham came on for Soz Yao. Tommy Black set up Ross Wall but Ross put his shot just over the bar, and at the other end Behcet held a corner from Allinson, after a free kick had been deflected around the post by Styles.




Ronnie Fletcher came on for Sam Sloma, and played up front, instead of his normal defensive role, with Elliot moving across and Spencer dropping back. Black to Abraham whose header was saved by Tucker, and Fletcher almost broke through with a solo run. Then Darren Behcet made an excellent save from Allinson’s corner, which was met by Richards, and Elliot Styles was booked for dissent. Richards again, and once again Behcet made an excellent save, with Richards hammering the follow up high over the bar. The referee indicated just three minutes of stoppage time, which was far too short, and it was during stoppage time that Ronnie Fletcher powered through and his shot went inches wide of the post. With Urchins now totally in command, the referee blew for full time a minute early.




Only one point instead of three, but Wood are one of the best sides in the league, and had as many chances as Hornchurch to score.

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