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SEASON 2007/08

Ryman League - Premier Division
Monday 15th October 2007
Wealdstone FC
2 - 0
AFC Hornchurch
H/T 1 - 0 Att.: 233

Match Synopsis
AFC Hornchurch
Goal: Ashe
Off: Colin McBride
Sub: David Lee for Purdie
Booking: Faal-Thomas
Goal: Ashe
Sub: Kris Lee for Barnard
Booking: Lee O'Leary
Booking: Glozier
Sub: Halle for Tomlinson
Sub: Parley for Lee O'Leary

Match Report by Sam Lee
Monday 15th October 2007
WFC – Sean Thomas – Jomo Faal-Thomas – Lee Chappell – Alan Massey – Carl Martin – Ryan Ashe – Lee O’Leary – Chris O’Leary – Stephen Hughes – Luke Muldowney – Graeme Montgomery
Subs – Dean Parley for Lee O’Leary 78 – Chris Owens – Andre Delisser – Daniel Rose – Peter Dean

HFC - Dale Brightly – Jordon Bostock – Danny Glozier – John Purdie © - Richard Goddard – Donny Barnard - Garry Cross – Mark Janney – Harry Elmes – Simon Parker – Andy Tomlinson
Subs – Kris Lee for Barnard 70 – Richard Halle for Tomlinson 77 – Shane Oakley – David Lee for Purdie at half time - Amos Foyewa

Scorer – Ryan Ashe 34. 67
Bookings – Colin McBride at half time – OFF – Faal-Thomas 62 (W) – Lee O’Leary 73 (W) – Danny Glozier 76 (H)
Officials – P Forrester with A Stevens and J Mellor
Weather – 11 degrees, cloudy – wind speed zero.
Pitch sloped steeply crossways.
Duration – 46.10 + 47.46 (several minutes underplayed due to no action being taken to prevent time wasting)

SPECIAL REPORT BY SAM LEE – normal reporter is flu ridden

Programmes all sold at 7.30 with less than fifty people inside the ground. A sloping pitch, and toilets which were locked – until a John Wayne style kick by a well known Urchin solved the problem.

Urchins started well, a free kick by Dale Brightly finding Harry Elmes, who flicked the ball just wide of the post. Parker, out to Tomlinson, who was brought down by Faal-Thomas. Tomlinson lurked, but it was Janney who took the free kick, and Richard Goddard powered his header just over the bar. A Tomlinson run lead to a corner, which Andy took, and which was held by Thomas, and a Bostock up field pass reached Janney, whose well placed centre found Elmes, whose header brought an excellent save out of Thomas. Elmes again raced clear, being tackled by Ashe, and a long Brightly kick saw Thomas just grab the ball from Parker. Parker then became provider, for Harry Elmes, with Massey tackling, and then came the first attack by the home side, which came to nothing, despite a somewhat hopeful hand ball appeal by the crowd, who had already indicated that they intended to appeal for everything possible. A good run by Hughes ended when Muldowney shot wide from his pass, and Brightly had to make two saves in succession, first diving at the feet of Hughes and then rushing out of his area to tackle as the ball rebounded, the ball being hit up the field to Barnard who saw his well placed centre cleared by Martin.

Cross, Parker and Elmes combined well, with only a despairing tackle by Ashe saving the day. A Barnard inspired move saw the ball switched out to the left, where Glozier played it first time into the middle, the bounce catching Martin out, and the ball fell to Harry Elmes, ideally placed in front of goal. What happened? The whistle went for offside. Wealdstone rarely threatened, though Bostock had to concede a corner when Montgomery came in from the left, the ball being firmly headed back upfield by Richard Goddard. Wealdstone, outplayed for long periods, took the lead when a Lee O’Leary centre from the left eluded the defence, and RYAN ASHE touched the ball past a very surprised Brightly.

Hornchurch came back quickly, Glozier’s hard hit free kick – surely he will find the net in the near future – being touched away for a corner, with Cross seeing his hard drive saved by Thomas as the ball dropped into the goalmouth. Elmes and Barnard combined, and Barnard won the corner which Glozier took and the ball swerved in and was cleared from under the bar – the many Urchins behind the goal thought it was over the line – and it came out to Simon Parker, whose headed shot hit the bar and was scrambled out for a corner. Glozier sent the corner over, and Elmes hard drive was punched off the line – but not by the goalkeeper – the referee immediately pointed to the player and signalled hand ball, pointed to the spot, went for his red, or so it appeared, and then looked at the linesman, fifty yards away compared to the five yards the referee was away, and then allowed play to continue, before eventually stopping proceedings as he was engulfed in a sea of red and white. The only possible decision was a red card and a penalty. Yet no action had been taken. With Urchins still seething, Hughes broke away and Glozier conceded a corner, which Purdie cleared and right on half time a Glozier centre was touched away for a corner.

At half time, the red card was belatedly waved – but not at the player in question. Instead it was Colin McBride who was the recipient, very obviously unhappy at the injustice which had infuriated the entire away following.

Worst was to follow as John Purdie was unable to return for the second half, with Donny Barnard dropping back and David Lee coming into the midfield. Urchins stormed forward, and the home side were reduced to blatantly time wasting at every opportunity, especially at throw ins, where their long throw specialist, Lee Chappell, was fortunate not to receive a yellow card on more than one occasion, given the time he was taking. Clean the ball thoroughly, dry it on his shirt, walk slowly to the touchline and throw up into the middle. Usually it was Richard Goddard who headed away. Simon Parker was put through, out came keeper Thomas, and down went Simon. Urchins again, Cross seeing his well flighted ball turned out for a corner, which Janney took, and Martin headed away. Back to Parker and his centre was headed away by Ashe. Back again to Parker, and his shot went out for a corner, followed by another corner, by David Lee, and then another, taken by Donny Barnard. The long throw expert came up to take a long throw and threw the ball long into the middle where it found Ashe whose shot was saved by Brightly. Glozier to Elmes, and on to Janney, with Thomas taking the centre. David Lee to Brightly, and then up field, with Elmes just being beaten to the ball by Thomas.

And then it happened again. Muldowney took a misdirected pass from Barnard, played in to RYAN ASHE, who calmly placed it wide of Brightly, and from then on it was a much subdued Hornchurch. Kris Lee and Richard Halle both came on, but most of the play was emanating from the home side, and they took advantage of a poor decision to allow play to continue when the player was five yards offside, but the player was as surprised as everyone else and put his centre over the bar. Hornchurch at last found the net, Simon Parker heading home from Richard Halle’s long centre, but offside was given – has the rule now changed so that a player can be offside if there are three defenders between him and goal? A Glozier corner came to nothing, as did a David Lee corner. Incredibly, with so much time wasting, just two minutes were added on, but it made little difference, and the home side ran out deserving winners, having made the most of their few scoring opportunities. The Hornchurch following stayed to applaud their team off the pitch, and it was noticeable that throughout the second half, the referee did not once go anywhere near to the two pockets of away support.

Video Clips by Rob Monger

Team Line Ups
AFC Hornchurch
Sean Thomas
Dale Brightly
Jomo Faal-Thomas
Jordan Bostock
Lee Chappell
Danny Glozier
Alan Massey
John Purdie (c)
Carl Martin
Richard Goddard
Ryan Ashe
Donny Barnard
Lee O'Leary
Garry Cross
Chris O'Leary
Mark Janney
Steven Hughes
Harry Elmes
Luke Muldowney
Simon Parker
Graeme Montgomery
Andy Tomlinson
Subs.   Subs.
Dean Parley
Kris Lee
Chris Owens
Richard Halle
Andre Delisser
Shane Oakley
Daniel Rose
David Lee
Peter Dean
Amos Foyewa

Weather Conditions: 11 Degs. C., Cloudy, Wind Speed Zero
Match Officials: Referee - Mr. P Forrester, Assistants - Mr. R. Stevens and Mr. J. Mellor
Match duration: F/H 46 mins. 10 secs., S/H 47 mins. 46 secs.

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