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Capital League
Wednesday 17th August 2005
Thurrock 4 - 0 AFC Hornchurch
Harper 1' 34' (pen), Parker 2'
Donel 90+4'
H/T 3-0
Att: 34

Match Highlights
Thurrock   AFC Hornchurch
Harper - GOAL 1  
Parker - GOAL 2  
Forbes - BOOKED 26 SENT OFF - Williams
  32 OFF - Marler
ON - Adetyo
Harper (pen) - GOAL 34  
Davidson - OFF
Donel - ON
  52 OFF - Dannie
ON - Saroyi
Lawrence - OFF
Broom - ON
  70 OFF - Hefford
ON - Makitu
  74 BOOKED - Thomas
Richmond - OFF
Smith - ON
Donel - GOAL 94  

Match Report by Tony Middleton

Urchins first Capital League game of the season was somewhat low key. With no programmes and no tannoy announcements, the handful of spectators were left wondering who was who. At the start only 34 spectators were in attendance, including club officials. With three players unable to play, it was a somewhat unusual Hornchurch line up, consisting of youth team players plus triallists. In contrast Thurrock fielded eight first team players. Predictably this was always going to be a one-sided game, and when Thurrock opened the scoring after less than a minute, it was no great surprise, with STEVE HARPER running on to a mistimed back pass and gliding the ball into the net. Less than a minute later, it was two nil, when Boniek Forbes played the ball into the middle from the left wing, and ADAM PARKER found himself unmarked and he had plenty of time to head the second goal. Parker went close a minute later, and Forbes, Lawrence and Parker all had shots saved before Urchins were able to offer any kind of attack, with Lee Springer ploughing solo through the middle, but Purdie covered and a somewhat hurried shot was saved by Martin.

Thurrock were taking the match seriously, perhaps too seriously, and a midfield incident on 26 minutes ended with Sam Williams receiving a red card. Boniek Forbes was perhaps fortunate to escape with a yellow card, whilst Adam Parker received nothing at all. With a player short, Urchins were then briefly reduced to nine players when Marler went off, to be replaced eventually by Adetyo. Whilst he was waiting to come on, referee Dave Axcell awarded a somewhat dubious penalty, and STEVE HARPER placed his kick well wide of Stannard, son of Redbridge manager Jim Stannard, who was present and offering advice from the touchline.

Three nil and a player short at half time, Urchins still managed to contain Thurrock in the second half, although Stannard was frequently in action, including making the save of the match from Forbes, who was excelling on the left wing. Jason Broom came on for Thurrock, which surprised the away following, as he was not listed on the team sheet, but he made his mark very quickly, being very fortunate to escape without any form of booking when involved in another midfield incident. Yes, Thurrock were certainly taking the match very seriously, and clearly enjoying themselves against the young and inexperienced Urchins. Urchins rarely got into a shooting position, though Danny Gill did well to break through on the left, although his cross went behind. Nathan Philip worked hard in defence, as did Gareth Thomas, whilst Ket Makitu came on to boost the defence, to the extent that Forbes quickly switched over to the other side of the field, and played on the right wing.

It looked as if the ten-man Urchins would at least draw the second half, but in the fourth minute of stoppage time, Stannard failed to hold a hard shot from outside the area, and FINLEY DONAL followed up to score with the final kick of the match.



Wayne Martin
Craig Davidson
Bradley Stevens
John Purdie
Ron Fletcher
Adam Parker
Martyn Lawrence
Neil Richmond
Kevin Green
Steve Harper
Boniek Forbes
Pablo De-Olivera
Finley Donel
Chris Day
Danny Smith
Jason Broom
AFC Hornchurch
Darren Stannard
Gareth Thomas
Darren Brewer
Nathan Philip
Sam Williams (c)
Tony Marler
Malcolm Dannie
Stuart Roberts
Lee Springer
John Hefford
Danny Gill
Ket Koka-Makitu
Ayo Adetyo
Ola Saroyi

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Match Officials: Dave Axcell with J Faithful and A Berry

Weather Conditions:  Clear 20 degrees at start, 16 degrees at finish

Match Duration: First half 45 mins, Second half 49mins

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