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y 17th April 2010






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


Subs - Mervin Abraham for Yao 84 - Mitchell Stuart-Evans for Hayles 80- Jonathan Spencer for Wall 90+1 – Tambeson Eyong – Michael Bowditch




WA – Harry Ricketts – George Chanda – Lee Sontag – Elliot Bubbs – Andy Keepence © - Dave Ayres – Mark Sontag – Adam Parker – Billy Holland – Aaron Gayle – Ricci Crace


Subs – Xaniel Doku for Crace 70 – Joe Abel for Gayle 70 – James Elmes – Robert Kasanga – Joe Clemo for Chanda 70




Scorers – Styles 28 seconds (H) – Bubbs 22 (WA) – Yao 49 (H) – Yao 55 (H) – Black 85 (H)


Bookings – Parker 34 (WA) - Black 45+1 (H)


Attendance 209


Officials – N West with M Smith and S Tate


Duration 47.18 + 48.55


Weather – 19 degrees at start, rising to 25 degrees, sunny, wind speed 5 mph


Colours – H – red and white stripes / black / red


WA – green and white hoops / white / green








Jamie Dormer was unable to play due to a thigh strain, and Tambeson Eyong was still feeling the effects of his injury the previous week, and Ronnie Fletcher came into the starting line up. During the week the pitch had received a lot of attention, and the result was the best surface so far this season, with the sprinklers still in action until shortly before the start.




In bright sunshine and with temperatures rapidly rising to near heat wave proportions, Hornchurch kicked towards the windmill end of the ground, to receive the benefit of the gentle breeze from the rotating windmill.




Billy Coyne took a throw from around thirty yards out and ELLIOT STYLES neatly backheaded the ball into the net for the opening goal, in 28 seconds. It could have been two inside a minute when a Tommy Black free kick dipped under the bar, and was well saved by Harry Ricketts. Billy Coyne found himself in a shooting position when he took a free kick from Andy Tomlinson and only a timely tackle by Lee Sontag prevented a possible goal.. when Black fed a good ass through to Soz Yao another goal seemed likely but the shot was blocked by Andy Keepence.




Abbey slowly came back into the game and Billy Holland found himself clear and racing for goal, and Ronnie Fletcher quickly came across to tackle and avert the danger. This was followed by a good run and shot by Mark Sontag, and Darren Behcet made an excellent save. The ball was then played up to Styles, whose long pass out to Michael Spencer on the left wing allowed Michael to cut inside and get in a goal bound shot which Ricketts saved well to keep the ball out. A long throw from Coyne to Black allowed Tommy to open up the defence with a quick pass on to Ross Wall, whose shot went narrowly wide of the goal.




Abbey levelled after putting the home defence under some heavy pressure. Aaron Gayle made ground on the left and his cross was turned out for a corner by Fletcher. Adam Parker floated the ball into the middle, where Behcet punched away, but only as far as Holland who headed it on to ELLIOT BUBBS who touched home. There were few chances in the remainder of the half, but Abbey could have taken the lead when Ricci Crace crossed and Holland’s header was tipped over the bar by Behcet. Parker’s corner was over hit and cleared by Coyne.




At half time a sudden deluge engulfed a third of the ground and in the ten minutes that it lasted that area of the pitch was in danger of becoming waterlogged, and it left that part of the pitch as slippery as the surface at Wembley. Further drama followed when a fire broke out alongside the main stand, but the quick thinking Sir Gary sprinted twenty yards to grab a fire extinguisher, aka a bottle of water, and he put the fire out.




Hornchurch almost scored within seconds of the restart, when Styles sent Soz Yao away and Soz cut in from the left and only an excellent save from Harry Ricketts kept the ball out. But Urchins continued to dominate and when Sam Sloma ran down the left wing, he crossed high into the centre where Tommy Black headed back to SOZ YAO, who scored with a powerful header. And five minutes later, Abbey were well and truly sozzled when SOZ YAO made a solo run in from the right wing, took on three defenders and then powered a left footed shot into the net. Soz almost got a third a few minutes later when Ross Wall and Tommy Black combined to send Yao away, and his shot, from a very narrow angle, skimmed the far post. Wall then found Black whose shot was deflected for a corner. Black took the kick and no one was able to reach the ball as it drifted over.




Crace had a chance to pull a goal back but Hayles neatly tackled on the edge of the area to clear. Abbey brought on three substitutes and won a corner when a Mark Sontag shot was turned around the post. Parker’s corner found Holland whose overhead kicked was cleared off the line by Styles. Ross Wall almost found the net but Keepence tackled to concede a corner, whilst another Yao run ended in another corner. Mervin Abraham and Mitchell Stuart-Evans came on and it was Mervin who figured prominently in the fourth goal just seconds later when he exchanged passes with TOMMY BLACK who calmly slotted the ball home.




Parker floated a corner onto the roof of the net, and Jonathan Spencer then came on to play the final few minutes in an unusual role at centre forward.




Historic note – this was the first match held at the Bridge when there were no vapour trails in the sky.







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