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Home / 2005-06 Season / 2005-06 Results / Match Report

30th July 2005
AFC Hornchurch 2 - 3 Leiston  
Tiffin 5', N Cowley 46' H/T 1-3
Inglis 13', Hammond 17' 40'

Match Highlights
AFC Hornchurch   Leiston
Tiffin - GOAL 5  
13 GOAL - Inglis
17 GOAL - Hammond
Sontag - SENT OFF 20 SENT OFF - Saker
Makitu - OFF
Perry - ON
40 GOAL - Hammond
  45 OFF - Dennett
ON - Ryland
  46 BOOKED - Stanley
N Cowley - GOAL 46  
Springer - OFF
Pamplin - ON
  56 BOOKED - Hammond
  56 OFF - Inglis
ON - Ebanks
OFF - Hammond
ON - Smith
Tiffin - OFF
Thomas - ON
    OFF - Stanley
ON - Heath
Dear - OFF
Bull - ON
Holland - OFF
Drake - ON
D Cowley - OFF
Tiffin - ON

Match Report by Tony Middleton

Leiston, from the Premier Division of the Eastern Counties League, made their first ever visit to the Stadium. Urchins kicked off, the "wrong way", playing towards the clubhouse end of the ground, and immediately impressed with a move involving Springer, Sontag, Nicky Cowley, and Tiffin, which was eventually partially broken up by Sparkes, whose half clearance found Nicky Cowley. A quick flick to Springer, and a first time shot, well saved by keeper Rose. Leiston came back quickly, McGlone cutting in from the right wing, and sending in a low cross which found no takers in front on goal. Urchins looked the more skilful side by far, and took a deserved lead when Springer found space on the left, thanks to a timely ball from Sontag. Lee rounded Saker and drove the ball hard into the middle. Keeper Rose could not hold the cross cum shot and GREG TIFFIN followed up to touch the ball home.

Leiston’s Hammond tried a long shot immediately from the kick off, but the ball never troubled Collier. Leiston were frequently caught in possession, and when Donald George lost the ball to Lee Sontag, it was Sontag who raced away on the left and played a good low cross into the goalmouth, where Rose did well to save from Dear. Leiston levelled with a break away goal, Danny George making the running, and holding off a challenge from Bostock, and laying the ball back to KEVIN INGLIS, whose first time drive caught the home defence unprepared, and the ball rocketed into the net. Four minutes later they took the lead. Collier could not hold on to McGlone’s shot and LUKE HAMMOND followed up to score.

Urchins came forward in strength, with Lee Sontag creating havoc on the left. But this all changed on twenty minutes, when keeper Rose came out to save from Sontag, who was immediately chased by three Leiston players. When the referee eventually regained control, he showed Danny George a straight red, with many wondering why he did not also show a red to Donald George, with at least two other yellows also going begging. Lee Sontag, who had little choice but to defend himself in the face of a mass onslaught, also received a red - let’s hope that the video evidence will save him from a three match suspension. And credit to the other Urchins for not getting involved. The referee DROPPED the ball to restart play - no penalty was given - and Springer drove the ball low and hard, but Rose saved well.

With Sontag missing, Urchins lost some of their impetus, but Nicky Cowley and Holland combined when the former dispossessed Donald George, the club captain who was leading by example, and Holland’s shot beat Rose but Saker cleared for a corner. Then Holland found Tiffin on the right. Greg cut inside but powered his shot over the bar. Danny Cowley, moving forward into the position vacated by Sontag, turned inside Dennett and fired the ball goalwards. Dennett half cleared the shot and Golby followed up but headed over.

Danny Cowley again got into a dangerous position, this time picking out Nicky, whose shot was too high, and shortly afterwards a Nicky Cowley free kick was well held by Rose with Holland lurking. Leiston went further ahead when McGlone and Stanley set up LUKE HAMMOND, whose first time drive had goal written all over it. Urchins could have reduced the arrears, when Dear and Holland exchanged passes, before Dear played the ball to Springer, right in front of goal, but he put his shot high over the bar when a goal looked a certainty. Right on half time - only 25 seconds were added on for a incident which had lasted for over two minutes - Rose turned another Springer shot over the bar.

Urchins came out strongly after the interval, but Nicky Cowley was stopped by Stanley, who earned a lecture from the referee. NICKY COWLEY gave him a lecture of his own, but hammering the free kick hard into the net.

Leiston were under pressure and free kicks became the order of the day, with Collier on the receiving end of a challenge from Hammond, who was perhaps fortunate to escape a card. Asa Pamplin, on for Holland, found himself in a good position when Bostock’s long clearance dropped at his feet, but Rose came out to dive at his feet. Two yellows in quick succession angered the home crowd, which was only partially pacified by a tactical substitution by Leiston, after which they began to play some decent football. Stanley hit a good free kick over the wall, but into Collier’s arms, after a clumsy tackle on Smith, and a minute later, it was Dennett’s turn to try his luck with a similarly placed free kick, this time the ball rebounding off the wall. Bostock moved forward through the middle, and hammered his shot over the bar, whilst Smith at the other end broke through, but Bostock did well to recover and touch the ball out for a corner.

Charlie Bull came on, and immediately stormed past Saker but hit his shot into the side netting. Bull again, and this time Ebanks conceded a corner with a well timed tackle. Bull yet again, only for Rose to save. Drake came on, and his first challenge for the ball brought appreciative applause from the crowd, when his marker, over a foot taller, was sent crashing to the ground. With the rain now coming down heavily, scoring chances were very few, with Leiston looking dangerous when they did get the ball upfield. Tiffin came back on and it was his pass which sent Pamplin clear on the right, but Ryland came back to break up a promising move, which proved to be the last of the match as less than a minute was added on, despite a number of stoppages.


Video Highlights by Rob Monger

- 3mins. Greg Tiffin gives us the lead (550KB)
- 13mins. Kevin Inglis equalises for Leiston (540KB)
- 17mins. Luke Hammond puts Leiston in front (515KB)
- 40 mins. Luke Hammond scores his second(530KB)
- 46 mins. Nicky Cowley pulls a goal back (510KB)


AFC Hornchurch
Michael Collier
Ket Koka-Makitu
Lee Sontag
Jordan Bostock
Glen Golby
Danny Cowley
Greg Tiffin
Nicky Cowley
Billy Holland
Lee Springer
Sean Dear
Asa Pamplin
Gareth Thomas
Billy Drake
Charlie Bull
Steve King
Lee Perry
Nicky Wilson
Gary Rose
Blake Saker
Kevin Inglis
Chris Dennett
Tim Sparkes
Donald George
Luke Hammond
Danny Stanley
Lee McGlone
Alex Selby
Danny George
Caleb Ebanks
Matty Ryland
Jordan Smith
Tom Heath
Glen Driver
Karl Danials

Man of the Match
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Match officials: Kirk English, Malcolm Jeffery and Mark Lendon

Weather Conditions:  Cloudy 20 degrees at start, rain 17 degrees at finish

Match Duration: First half 45mins 25secs, second half 45mins 52secs

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