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FA Trophy 1st Round
6th November 2004
Arlesey Town 0 - 1 Hornchurch
  H/T 0-1
Maynard 41'

Match Highlights
Arlesey Town   Hornchurch
Pike - BOOKED 14  
  41 GOAL - Maynard
  41 BOOKED - Maynard
Pike - OFF
Bull - ON
Green - OFF
Jenner - ON
Jenner - BOOKED 66  
Beckett - OFF
Reynolds - ON
Hatchett - BOOKED 81  
  85 OFF - McDowell
ON - Panzu


I guess a some stage or another we say that football is 'just a game' as if to comfort ourselves that, in times of adversity, what happens next doesn't really matter.  But, deep down, it DOES matter. Bill Shankly is often quoted and although arguably his comment is a little extreme it's more or less right. This day was proof of that sentiment.

To say this was an emotional occasion would be an understatement. As I watched a coach full of supporters pull into the car park I had a tear in my eye, but it was at the final whistle when I realised I'd left my handkerchief at home at a time when I really needed it.

Our team - consisting of an Olympic gold medalist and Nigerian world cup finalist in goal, the experienced Andy Tomlinson plus the majority of the U19 side - were perhaps understandably nervous as they left the dressing room, but the overwhelming reception from our supporters must have dispelled all of that trepidation.  We knew they were all good players, but this performance wasn't just 'good' - it was heroic.

Of course Arlesey had their chances, but they spurned them. Richard Pringle and Stuart Beevor all saw chances go over the bar early on, but it was in the 30th minute when a Beevor 20 yard free-kick looked goalbound before Abiodun Baruna dived to save magnificently. Four minutes later a Jeff Shepherd free kick from a similar distance was scrambled round the post by Arlesey keeper Nicky Bussey but it was just before half time when we scored what turned out to be the decisive goal.  A weak header back by Chris Green gave Tony Maynard the chance to steal in, nick the ball past Bussy and put the ball into the empty net. Cue an understandably exuberant celebration.

Early in the second half Billy Drake shot narrowly over after Maynard pulled back from the goal line and a great run from Shepherd from half way finished with a effort which was just saved by Bussey. At the other end a header off the line and one or two superbly timed tackles kept us in front.  Lance McDowell shot over from 18 yards on the hour and Shaun Batt did the same for the home side a few minutes before the end after a promising move.

The final whistle blew and it was our day. As Arlesey's man of the match was announced towards the end he must have realised that, although Arlesey's best player on the day, he was way down the list of best performances on the pitch.  Arlesey were unfortunate bit part players in this so I think it's worth saying that they were magnanimous in defeat, and as friendly and welcoming to us as they always have been.

Everyone involved with Hornchurch FC should be proud of their part in this achievement which will surely be remembered for a very long time.


Photos from the game by Ian

Click here for 26 Photos from the gane...

Video Highlights by Rob

- 41 mins - Tony Maynard scores the winning goal (1.2MB)


Arlesey Town
Nicky  Bussey
Dave Hatchett
James Dillnutt
Nathan Beckett
Chris Green
Shaun Batt
Stuart Beevor
Jason Thomas
Greg Pike
Richard Pringle
Rob Hayward
Ryan Jenner
Charlie Bull
Danny Hopkin
Craig Reynolds
Andy Theodosiou
Abiodun Baruwa
Sam Williams
John Spackman
Przemyslaw Wielewski
Nathan Philip
Andy Tomlinson
Terry Everett
Jeff Shepherd
Tony Maynard
Billy Drake
Lance McDowell
Stephen City
Reagan Panzu
Michael Smith
Rhys Madden

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