Time to get to grips with the Urchins

After two consecutive cup games, Carshalton Athletic return to league action on Saturday 20 November (3pm kick off) at Hornchurch, a ground where they haven’t won in six meetings since 2008.

Hornchurch of course made a name for themselves in non-league circles last season by winning the FA Trophy against the odds. So far this season though, the Urchins haven’t hit the same heights, including going out at the first hurdle in defence of their crown.


They currently sit 12th in the league, with 20 points from 15 games. Recent signs of improvement were halted in midweek by the visit of Isthmian League Premier Division leaders, Worthing, whose 3-1 win ended a Hornchurch run of two wins and a creditable draw at promotion chasing Folkestone Invicta.


According to the club’s website, injuries have hit the Urchins hard this season. But, if both fit, Sam Higgins and Liam Nash pose a dual goal threat, each having scored 10 goals this season. And in manager, Mark Stimson, they have one of the most experienced and successful bosses in non-league football – with four FA Trophy wins with three different clubs on his CV.


For Carshalton, Dan Bassett moved to the top of the goalscoring charts with a hatrick in the 5-0 midweek Surrey Senior Cup win over Raynes Park Vale. Player/manager Peter Adeniyi, who assisted on one of Bassett’s goals on Monday night, will be hoping that the victory, despite coming against lower league opposition, has provided a confidence boost after last Saturday’s FA Trophy loss to Welwyn Garden City.


Certainly, a return to the form of the last two league games when the Robins scored 11 times in wins over Brightlingsea Regent and Folkestone Invicta wouldn’t go amiss. That’s what may be needed to reverse a couple of heavy losses to the Urchins in the last two shortened seasons and to record their first win at Hornchurch Stadium since 2008.


Tickets

Adults: £12; Concessions (65+): £7; 12 to 16 year olds: £3; Under 12s: £FREE

https://hornchurchfc.ktckts.com/brand/match-tickets (not available online at time of writing).