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AFC Hornchurch
E Styles (73' Sent Off), B Warner (84')
Full time
Tue 21 Nov 19:45 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 86

AFC Hornchurch 1 Ware 0

Thoughts from Surbiton on another defeat and another game without a goal.

It could have been worse, or at least that was the view in the build up to this match. Ware had lost 4-0 at home to the same opponents only ten days before, the second in a run of three matches without scoring. All were defeats and as Ware slid down the table so AFC Hornchurch maintained second place with games in hand on the leaders. Who could be blamed for fearing a thumping?

Perhaps with that in mind Kem Kemal selected a starting eleven that was full of players (seven in all) who had at some time in the season played in the back four. Was he parking the bus in Upminster stadium?

It seemed possible as reports seeping back from the game via twitter were fewer than normal. Was anything happening? Were we stifling all initiative out of the opponents and the game? Certainly on the evidence of tweet frequency there was not a lot happening in the match.

Such tweets as did come through usually included the name of Gareth Madden who was thereby deemed in Surbiton to be playing a captain's part in the proceedings. There was a suggestion that he was undone by the home side's Brad Warner in the first half who then managed to get away a shot which it hit a post but later in the half Madden was blocking another Hornchurch effort from George Purcell.

The end of the half came with no goals scored but Hornchurch captain Elliot Styles on a yellow card for a poor tackle just before the break.

Ahmed Abdulla replaced Lee White for the second half suggesting either that Lee was feeling the strain after missing a couple of games or that Ware were going to be a bit less defensive, maybe both. Junior Appiah was in support of the less defensive approach when he broke and centred for Jamie Guy whose shot was blocked.

And so the game continued with Madden again featuring when he squared for Harry Larner who shot over. As the game reached the last ten minutes even I began to think it possible that Ware would gain their first clean sheet of the season especially after Styles earned a second yellow but of course fate had other ideas.

A Hornchurch free kick on 84 minutes went deep before being headed back across the area where that man Warner was waiting unmarked to head home. There was no come back and another defeat was recorded but if those in attendance are anything to go by it was a positive performance from the visitors who deserved something from the game. In other words it could have been better.

Ware: Tom Coulton, Gareth Madden, Lee Flynn, Murat Karagul, Nicholas Symons, Lee White (Ahmed Abdulla 45mins), Junior Appiah, Harry Larner (Prince Madu 81mins), Jamie Guy, Alaa Oujdi, Marcus Milner. Unused subs: Gus Douglas, Ryan Maxwell, Taj Hussain

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Key moments

Red Card Elliot Styles is sent off for AFC Hornchurch
Goal Bradley Warner scores for AFC Hornchurch


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84:00 Goal 1 - 0
Bradley Warner scores for AFC Hornchurch
81:00 Sub Off
Harry Larner is substituted off for Ware
81:00 Sub On
Prince Madu is substituted on for Ware
77:00 Sub Off
George Purcell is substituted off for AFC Hornchurch
77:00 Sub On
Sean Roberts is substituted on for AFC Hornchurch
73:00 Red Card 0 - 0
Elliot Styles is sent off for AFC Hornchurch
68:00 Sub On
Tobi Josephs is substituted on for AFC Hornchurch
68:00 Sub Off
Leon McKenzie is substituted off for AFC Hornchurch
45:00 Sub On
Ahmed Abdulla is substituted on for Ware
45:00 Sub Off
Lee White is substituted off for Ware
45:00 Sub On
Matthias Fanimo is substituted on for AFC Hornchurch
45:00 Sub Off
Theo Fairweather-Johnson is substituted off for AFC Hornchurch
End of period 1
43:00 Yellow Card
Elliot Styles is yellow carded for AFC Hornchurch
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • AFC Hornchurch
  • Ware
  • 0
  • Elliot Styles Yellow Card 43:00'
  • Ahmed Abdulla Sub On 45:00'
  • Lee White Sub Off 45:00'
  • Matthias Fanimo Sub On 45:00'
  • Theo Fairweather-Johnson Sub Off 45:00'
  • Tobi Josephs Sub On 68:00'
  • Leon McKenzie Sub Off 68:00'
  • Elliot Styles Red Card 73:00'
  • Sean Roberts Sub On 77:00'
  • George Purcell Sub Off 77:00'
  • Prince Madu Sub On 81:00'
  • Harry Larner Sub Off 81:00'
  • Bradley Warner Goal 84:00'

Team selection

AFC Hornchurch
  • 1. Sam Mott
  • 2. Alex Bentley
  • 3. Jay Porter
  • 4. Kenzer Lee
  • 5. Nathan Cooper
  • 6. Jed Chouman
  • 7. Theo Fairweather-Johnson
  • 8. Elliot Styles
  • 9. Leon McKenzie
  • 10. George Purcell
  • 11. Bradley Warner
  • 12. Sean Roberts
  • 14. Tobi Josephs
  • 15. Matthias Fanimo
  • 16. Jamie Hursit
  • 17. Olumide Oluwatimilehin

League round up

Other North Division results

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
18. Waltham Abbey 46 49
19. Cheshunt 46 49
20. Ware 46 48
21. Brentwood Town 46 46
22. Mildenhall Town 46 46
23. Romford 46 41
24. Norwich United 46 40

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