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Ryman League Division One North
Tuesday 19th September 2006
Redbridge 1 - 3 AFC Hornchurch
Luck 5' H/T 1-1
McFarlane 38', Cross 63', Gasper 67'

Match Highlights
Redbridge   AFC Hornchurch
Luck - GOAL 5  
Cooper - BOOKED 8  
38 GOAL - McFarlane
  45 Southon - OFF
Tomlinson - ON
A Parker - OFF
Bostock - ON
C Perkins - SENT OFF 56  
Blaney - SENT OFF 57  
Luck - OFF
Hayes - ON
Cooper - OFF
Simpson - ON
  61 OFF - Fletcher
ON - Gasper
63 GOAL - Cross
S Perkins (coach) - SENT OFF 64  
67 GOAL - Gasper
Bradbury - OFF
Hahn - ON

Match Report by Tony Middleton

Redbridge made two changes to the team they fielded on Saturday, Gary Skerrit and Sam Holloway coming in for John O’Sullivan and Chris Tedder, whilst for Urchins Adam Parker came in for Greg Tiffin and Ross Wareham came replaced the injured Simon Parker. After the heavy handed tactics of Saturday Urchins were expecting a hard and physical game, but the first half was played at a much more leisurely pace than three days ago. Urchins could have gone in front in the first two minutes, when Parker touched a short pass to Lee and Kris sent Wareham away on the left, the resulting cross being well held by Tucker in the home goal. But the best chance came just a minute later when Purdie found Janney and he in turn sent Wareham streaking towards goal. Ross hit the ball with tremendous power and Tucker pulled off a magnificent save. A Glozier free kick proved too easy for keeper Tucker who had no one to challenge him as the ball came across and then, with their first move of the match, Redbridge took the lead, following some diabolical defending, when Sloan, completely unmarked, fired his shot onto the post, and, with no defender reacting, a delighted IAN LUCK followed up to score, to send the home dug out into raptures.

Not the ideal start, and Urchins could not come back quickly, as Glozier’s free kick was far too close to the keeper and though the ball was pumped back into the goalmouth, Lee’s shot was deflected out by Skeritt for a corner, which was wasted. Jamie Southon, making his mark in midfield, then played a neat pass back to Lee, whose shot was well saved by an inspired Tucker. And then Redbridge began to come much more into the match, with Allison’s long throws from the left creating consternation in the Urchins defence. From one of his throws, Luck flicked the ball on to Bradbury who ran on and shot, forcing Brightley into a very good save. Two minutes later and it was Luck once more, looking offside, but taking full advantage and running through, rounding Brightley and then hitting his shot wide of the post as Purdie came in at speed. Wareham managed to pick out Cross with a good cross but Garry could not get in a meaningful shot, being crowded out as he tried to weave into a shooting position.

Then it was Cross to Lee and Tucker raced out of goal to save at his feet. Janney won a corner which he took himself but the ball was hit wildly upfield where Fletcher returned it immediately into the goalmouth and Lee forced Tucker into another great save. It began to seem as though Redbridge would hold out until half time and then Ron Fletcher made a run on the right and Allison tackled to concede a corner. Janney took the kick, the ball was only partially cleared and Jamie Southon immediately played back into the goalmouth for JIM McFARLANE to come in behind his marker and head home, for his first goal for the Urchins. And it could have been two soon after when a Janney corner went begging, whilst at the other end Luck repeated his performance of last Saturday by booting the ball high over the bar in stoppage time.

One one at the interval and again the question was whether Redbridge would have enough balls to finish the match, as twelve had already been sent sailing into oblivion. Main talking point was the non stop flow of encouragement coming from the Redbridge dug out, which had been virtually non stop in the first half, and more than a bit repetitive, thanks to a somewhat limited vocabulary – at least George Borg was entertaining.

Andy Tomlinson and Jordan Bostock came out to start the second half, and made an immediate impact, with Jordan right away controlling things in defence and snuffing out the dual threat of Luck and Sloan, whilst Andy took control of the midfield. A Glozier corner came to nothing, with Perkins, as per usual, heading away, whilst at the other end a long throw from Allison was held only at the second attempt by Brightley. With Urchins now beginning to control the match and press forward, any hopes Redbridge had to winning were thwarted when Kris Lee went racing through and was pulled down by Chris Perkins, who was given a straight red, much to the anger of the home bench, whose behaviour would have been funny had there not been children within earshot. Janney and Glozier shaped to take the free kick, and the ball was cleared off the line, and hammered upfield. Seconds later the whistle sounded and this time it was for Steve Blaney, who was shown a straight red for what appeared to be an elbow, right in front of the referee, but 50 yards from where the ball was.

The home dug out was furious, and they soon made it three reds, when Steve Perkins was invited by the referee to leave the dug out, which at least calmed them down for all of ten seconds. On came Ainsley Gasper for his debut, and Urchins now had three up front, whilst Redbridge had a somewhat strange formation of 6 – 2 – 0, which left the Urchins defence happy. And the East Side were even happier when GARRY CROSS ended a massive goalmouth scramble by poking the ball home, after Tucker had done well to keep out Lee’s shot, and four minutes later, it was AINSLEY GASPER’s turn, when he calmly slotted the ball home from Wareham’s low cross score on his debut.

For Redbridge it was all over bar the arguing, though at one time they briefly ran out of balls – in all 24 went out the ground, and that’s a load of ballooned clearances. Predictably, it was all Urchins, and to their credit the home side tried to play football, though Sam Holloway was fortunate to escape a card with a very hard mistimed tackle on Janney. It could have been four, when Janney found Gasper and his headed appeared to be handled inside the area, whilst Ross Wareham ran through only to blaze the ball high over the bar. Then it was Janney again, with a fine cross for Gasper, which Tucker saved well, and Tomlinson can up to join in, finding Janney, whose centre was headed powerfully by Lee and Tucker again saved. In a rare break upfield Holloway headed narrowly wide from a free kick, and Brightley did well to tip another free kick around the post, whilst almost on time a Cross shot from Glozier’s centre skimmed the bar.

A good three points, and Redcardbridge have only themselves to blame for completely losing the plot in the second half. For Urchins they had their usual following of well over one hundred and vastly outnumbered the home support in a crowd officially announced as 177.

Video clips by Rob Monger
- 5mins. The home side go in front through Ian Luck
- 38mins. Jimmy McFarlane heads in the equaliser.
- 63mins. Garry Cross puts us in front.
- 67mins. Ainsley Gasper scores on his debut to make it 3-1


Tony Tucker
Steve Blaney
Carl Allison
Gary Skerrit
Chris Perkins (c)
Sam Holloway
Sam Cooper
Ryan Lee
Chris Sloan
Ian Luck
Ben Bradbury
Wayne Grant
Matt Hayes
Richard Simpson
Mitch Hahn
Charlie Bull
AFC Hornchurch
Dale Brightley
Ronnie Fletcher
Danny Glozier
John Purdie (c)
Jim McFarlane
Adam Parker
Garry Cross
Mark Janney
Kris Lee
Ross Wareham
Jamie Southon
Andy Tomlinson
Greg Tiffin
Elliot Styles
Ainsley Gasper
Jordan Bostock

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Weather Conditions:  20 degrees at start, 14 degrees at finish - wind speed 10mph.

Match Officials: D. Margetts with Matthew Wise and Jamie Baxter

Match Duration: First half 47mins 42secs. Second half 50mins 5secs.

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