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BOWERS & PITSEA 1 HORNCHURCH 0

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Friday 23-March-2018

BOWERS & PITSEA  1  HORNCHURCH 0

 

BP - Chafer, Boswell, Thomas, Stokes, Pinto, Leahy, Dicks, Sartain, Knight, Manor, Nyania

Subs - Sendall, Barnwell, Salmon, Hughes, Mallett

 

HFC - Mott, Bentley, Porter, Lee, Cooper, Styles ©, Livings (McKenzie HT), Oluwatimilehin (Joseph 75), Warner, Purcell (Roberts 75), Fairweather-Johnson

Subs - Assombalonga, Joseph, McKenzie, Hursit, Roberts

 

Scorer - Dicks 39

 

Bookings - Pinto 8 (BP) - Livings 42 (H) - Stokes 80 (BP) - Cooper 81 (H)

 

Attendance 410

 

BOWERS & PITSEA  1  HORNCHURCH 0

 

 

Hornchurch got off to a confident start, wining two corners in the opening minutes, though they had a scare when David Knight broke through the defence. Sam Mott saved, but had he not done so, it would not have mattered as the linesman had raised his flag for offside.

 

Adalberto Pinto was the first player to go into the referee’s book, for a challenge on Brad Warner, and although Hornchurch had two more corners in the first twenty minutes, they could not find away through, and, with both defences on top, neither side could create a scoring opportunity.

 

On 23 minutes George Purcell attempted an acrobatic shot but although the ball cleared the defence, it also drifted wide of the target. Hornchurch pressed forward and on the half hour Alex Bentley fed a pass through to Warner, but his shot was a fraction too high and over the bar.

 

A minute later Purcell’ scorner found Olumide Oluwatimilehin, only for Callum Chafer to make an excellent save from his header.

 

A long range shot from Purcell cleared the bar, and on 39 minutes Bowers scored with their first shot of the match, when Jamie Dicks turned sharply and fired the ball low past Mott.

 

Nathan Livings went into the book three minutes from the interval, and a minute later David Knight sent a free kick wide of the post.

 

Colin McBride made a half time substitution, brining on Leon McKenzie for Nathan Livings. Hornchurch had the better of the early second half play, although the closest they came was when Purcell turned inside the area, but put his shot over the bar.

 

Midway through the second half another Purcell corner found Kenzer Lee, but his header was wide of the post.

 

On 75 minutes Sean Roberts and Tobi Joseph replaced Purcell and Oluwatimilehin. Two more bookings soon followed, Martyn Stokes of Bowers and Nathan Cooper a minute later.

 

Ten minutes from time, Sam Mott made an excellent save from a free kick, turning the ball around the post, and Cooper then cleared the resultant corner.

 

This proved to be the last scoring chance for either side and Bowers now move to within seven points of Hornchurch, although having played one game more.

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Always was going to be a tight affair but apart from one point blank save from Chaeffer that was all we produced in front of goal final ball overhit to often and guilty of giving the ball away far to cheaply no time to feel sorry for ourselves Potters Bar next finishing line in sight well done to the noisey Urchin support that swelled a bumper gate

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Glad to get this game out of the way. Dust ourselves off and get ready for the next game. Stunning reaction save from Chaeffer cost us a draw.

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Hard fought game with no reward for us. Excellent support from both teams.

 

Moving onto next Saturday's game and another big one, time to step up our support further at Bridge Avenue.

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Bowers needed this and I think it showed in the second half.

 

The last few games have shown that there is a Matty shaped hole in the team.  We've lacked the pace and width that allowed us to hurt teams, or provide an outlet earlier, in the season. 

 

In better news, 'ricay continue to implode

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A really big game coming up on Easter Saturday win it and and one hand on promotion if we lose to potters bar  and bowers win at ware  and it will be game on  for 1st to 3rd and the dreaded play-offs in truth we havnt played that great for a few months now  but other results have gone in our favour we should have enough in our squad to get the job done but matti has been a big miss  ....hopefully  a crowd of 250 plus on Saturday to get behind the urchins and we can get the job done

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Posted (edited)

It's still in our hands - I'd still rather be in our position than any other team in this league.

 

This is the business end of the season and games are going to be tight.

We won't be playing Bowers in the league again this season (at least one if not both teams will get automatic promotion) and Potters Bar have their last chance to have a direct effect on us in the next game.

 

A good performance on Saturday would still be a big step to the finishing line. We'll worry about playoffs IF it happens (which I believe it won't).

Edited by cup of tea

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Definitely, still all to play for.

If any team is under pressure then it's Bowers as they are now in a place fighting for second.

I think we will make it as champions, might be close but I think we have enough in our team to make it. Friday night losing I hope is a wake up call. Must keep heads up and moving forwards.

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Posted (edited)

Gap narrowing but I think 90pts could be enough to go up......Saturday is a Cup Final

Edited by obis

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