Written by: Chris Brenta
After two quickfire games at home that resulted in six points for the Robins, an away day awaits them this Saturday, an away day that they haven’t been on for over two years due to last season being cut short. Bridge Avenue is the destination and Horchurch the opposition for Saturday’s Isthmian Premier Division fixture. Two teams in contrasting form as Carshalton sit in 2nd, two points behind league leaders Cheshunt and Hornchurch are down in 19th having only won one league game so far this season.
Carshalton will fancy their chances to pick up their first away points of October this Saturday, not least because they are going into the game on the back of two wins in a row, but they are putting their attack, one of the deadliest in the league, up against the leagues worst. The Urchins have only scored five goals this season, compared to the 12 that the Robins have netted so far.
Hornchurch are coming into this one on the back of being knocked out of the 3rd Qualifying round of the FA Cup. A 2-2 draw with Hampton and Richmond Borough resulted in the lottery of the penalty shootout which the Urchins lost 4-3. They also haven’t won in the league since the opening weekend and are yet to pick up a point in the league this month.
The Essex team will be looking to former Charlton academy winger Ellis Brown to carry his FA cup form into the league, Brown is Hornchurch’s top scorer this season with five but four of those have come in the cup.
These two did go head to head once last season at Colston Avenue, Hornchurch coming away 4-1 victors back in September of last year, Jerry Amoo getting the solitary goal for the Robins. And the Urchins will take some comfort in the fact that Carshalton haven’t beaten them since a 2-1 win in January of last year and haven’t won at Bridge Avenue since 2008.
To say It’s been a disappointing start to the season for Hornchurch is an understatement, they finished last season ahead of Carshalton on goal difference, something they achieved by having the toughest defence to beat in the entire league, being the only team to concede less than one goal per game. Chris Dickson was key to the Urchins success at the other end of the pitch bagging 26 goals in all competitions including one in that 4-1 win over the Robins last season.
A win for Peter Adeniyi’s men will see them go back to the top of the league should Cheshunt be unable to take all three points against Bishop’s Stortford.
Unfortunately, coach travel this season is limited to players due to Covid-19 social distancing rules, meaning fans will not be able to travel on the club coach. If you do fancy making the trip to support the Robins, tickets can be bought here.
As always, for those that can’t make it or just want to watch it again check out Robins TV for all the match highlights.