Urchins Vying For Blood Ahead of Clarets Cup Test

AFC Hornchurch will be looking to upset the apple-cart in the Essex Senior Cup when current holders Chelmsford City travel to East London on Tuesday evening.

James Sarfas and Jack Cronin
AFC Hornchurch go searching for a second half goal (Image: Marcus Lee)

Hornchurch will be eager to quash their recent poor form that has seen the side lose their last two matches against Dereham Town and Romford in the league and cup respectively.

Chelmsford will also be looking to make amends as they seek to retain the silverware, after falling to a 3-2 away loss against Chippenham Town last Saturday.

Despite both sides’ recent shaky league performances, both clubs have been fighting it out at the top end of their respective divisions, with the Urchins and the Clarets sitting third in the Isthmian Division One North and the National League South.

Goal Galore

Recent history suggests Tuesday night’s clash could be a goal-fest, with the last meeting between the pair finishing 4-1 in the favour of Hornchurch at Chelmsford’s Melbourne Park stadium in 2013.

The Urchins enjoyed a 4-0 demolition of Chelmsford in February 2008 as well as a thrilling FA Trophy encounter in November 2009 that finished 4-4.

With the impending 546-mile round trip to Gateshead in the FA Cup first round on Saturday, the Clarets may choose to field a weakened side on Tuesday in preparation for the trip to Tyneside.

An element of luck will also have be on Hornchurch’s side as they will look to emulate a few shock results in this season’s competition, such as Billericay Town’s 7-3 mauling of Southend United and Southend Manor’s 2-1 victory away at Braintree Town.