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Home / 2006-07 Season / 2006-07 Results / Match Report

Ryman League Division One North
Tuesday 22nd August 2006
AFC Hornchurch 5 - 0 Great Wakering Rovers
S Parker 43', Lee 68'
Cross 72', Burbridge 83
Janney 90+1'
H/T 1-0

Match Highlights
AFC Hornchurch   Great Wakering Rovers
S Parker - GOAL 43  
Lee - GOAL 68  
Cross - GOAL 72  
  74 OFF - Simmons
ON - Birnie
Lee - OFF
Burbridge - ON
Cross - BOOKED 78  
Southon - OFF
Tomlinson - ON
S Parker - OFF
Holland - ON
Burbridge - GOAL 83  
Janney - GOAL 90+1  

Match Report by Tony Middleton

The crowd for the first home match of the season was over 30 percent up compared to last season, and Colin McBride’s new look Urchins showed just one change to Saturday’s starting line up, Jim McFarlane coming in at centre half. Adam Parker, despite his five stitches in a head wound, was able to start, albeit with a thick bandage over the injury. A slow start, with Urchins taking their time to size up the opposition, although a neat interchange of passes between Lee and Cross created an opening for Mark Janney, who was foiled by Howard’s last ditch interception. Adam Parker made ground on the left and was impeded by O’Connell, and Adam floated the free kick over a packed goalmouth, with no one able to get a touch. Then it was a Janney, Simon Parker exchange of passes which saw Janney cross low into the goalmouth for Simon Parker, whose fierce volley was tipped over by a diving Harrison. Glozier came over to take the corner, and Beale hooked the ball upfield where the ever dangerous Begg raced clear, homing in to goal, but he lofted the ball just a fraction too high and it went over the bar.

Simon Parker won another free kick and Adam Parker’s well flighted ball was turned out by Clarke. Glozier again took the corner, and found Lee who played the ball out to Janney on the right hand side. A first time return into the middle and Harrison dived to grab the ball with Lee close by. Janney again, with a pin point cross, which Clarke hammered out, but Adam Parker played it straight back to Simon Parker, with Harrison flinging himself sideways to touch the shot over the bar. Glozier took the corner, but the ball swerved out of play.

Rovers came back into the game, with Wilson and Begg looking dangerous and when Wilson put a through ball into goalmouth, a miskick almost allowed Richmond to nip in. A Wilson free kick was headed out by Southon for a corner and Wilson floated the ball over, with Fletcher heading away powerfully. Wilson yet again with a corner, and it was McFarlane who eventually cleared with the defence under pressure. Rovers best chance fell to Richmond who ran on to a long upfield punt, and lobbed Brightley, the ball dipping onto the roof of the net.

At the other end, it was Simon Parker, put clear by Purdie, and Harrison and O’Connell managed to clear the ball between them, despite colliding as they both went for the ball. Simon Parker then put Cross though and he hit his shot narrowly wide, whilst a Glozier free kick almost found McFarlane, with Harrison saving well. Best move of the match so far came when Purdie found Simon Parker inside his own penalty area, and he slid a neat ground pass to Janney, who made fifty yards before touching the ball inside to Simon Parker whose vicious shot was just over the bar. Janney again, this time setting up Lee, whose first time shot went inches wide. Glozier centred to Lee, whose header was tipped over, and Glozier’s corner was played short to Janney but Wilson tackled to clear. Just when it was looking like a goalless first half, SIMON PARKER found himself with a half chance and his lofted shot eluded Harrison for the first goal. Lee, Janney and Simon Parker combined a minute later, and Janney’s shot was well saved, whilst a hefty clearance by a Rovers defender nearly decapitated the owl on the roof of the stand.

Half time one nil, and Rovers looked in with a chance . Max went walkabout with his roving microphone, looking for volunteers to pick out the jackpot numbers, whilst the Riverside also went walkabout, looking for their voices, which they appeared to have lost.

The second half saw Urchins step up the pace and the East Side pumped up the volume, although for the Riverside it was very much Silent Night. Cross almost created a second goal with an opening for Adam Parker, who crossed low into the middle, but no one could reach the ball, and Glozier hammered it back into the centre, then took the rebound and his hard shot hit Simmons and bounced clear. Simon Parker away again, and this time he placed the ball into the path of Lee, whose shot was blocked by Harrison, when a goal looked a certainty. Then it was Cross to Janney, and he won a corner, which Glozier took, as always, but the ball was too high for McFarlane to reach. Next Adam Parker took a good pass from Purdie, and played the ball to Cross whose cross was almost sliced into his own net by a defender. Simon Parker again, complete with headband, and the ball was played out to Janney, who won another corner, which Glozier came over to take, and Beale headed out. Lee cut in from the right and Simmons tackled to concede a corner. Glozier found Lee in the middle, but Harrison saved well. Lee then ran through but his lobbed shot was off target.

By now Rovers were struggling to keep pace with the rampant Urchins, and Glozier came up along the left wing to cross for KRIS LEE to power home. Two nil, and we’re on our way. GARY CROSS send the East Side into raptures with an excellent solo goal, his low drive speeding unerringly into the net, whilst in the background the bells were pealing. It was then Janney’s turn to take a corner, Adam Parker headed the ball back across goal, and Lee’s shot was well stopped by on overworked Harrison. Rikki Burbridge came on, to loud applause, quickly followed by Andy Tomlinson and then the biggest cheer of the night, reserved for Billy Holland. Adam Parker won a free kick, and Holland went close, Burbridge took a Tomlinson pass and nearly broke through, and then Holland and Janney linked up and Holland fired the ball narrowly wide. Goal number four was arguably the most popular of the night for it was RIKKI BURBRIDGE who slotted the ball home, with a neat flick, with O’Connell in close attendance.

Holland found Cross, and his low shot was turned around the post for another corner. Janney found Burbridge whose shot was tipped over by Harrison, and Adam Parker’s corner found Tomlinson who appeared to be tripped up in the area – no penalty, play on, said the referee, and Janney was quickly on to the loose ball, hitting his shot into the side netting. But it was MARK JANNEY with almost the last touch of the match, who won the ball in midfield and ran through to score the fifth.

Urchins are back – but then, they have never been away.


Video clips by Rob Monger

- 43mins. Simon Parker makes it 1-0
- 68mins. Kris Lee heads in our second
- 72mins. Our third comes from Garry Cross
- 83mins. Rikki Burbridge scores the fourth - or was it an own goal ??
- 90+1mins. Mark Janney makes it 5
Post match interview with club President Derek Edkins


AFC Hornchurch
Dale Brightley
Ronnie Fletcher
Danny Glozier
John Purdie (c)
Jim McFarlane
Adam Parker
Garry Cross
Mark Janney
Kris Lee
Simon Parker
Jamie Southon
Andy Tomlinson
Ross Wareham
Rikki Burbridge
Billy Holland
Jordan Bostock
Great Wakering Rovers
Ashley Harrison
Sam Clarke
Keith Wilson
Nikki Beale (c)
Iain O'Connell
John Simmons
Steve Butterworth
Michael Begg
Neil Richmond
Gary Howard
Joel Ettienne-Clark
Joe Brandon
Louis Green
David Birnie
Lloyd Wilson
Nick Skelton

Man of the Match
Nominated by Sir Gary Hall

Simon Parker

Weather Conditions:  Cloudy. 20 degrees at start, 13 degrees at finish. Wind speed nil

Match Officials: Stephen Child with Tony Goddard and Daniel Cook

Match duration: First half 47mins 7secs. Second half 47mins 17secs

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