What was your best moment of 2020?

By Ian Townsend

We know, there weren't too many to choose from, but we did have a few magnificent matches to look back on. Tell us your favourite!

2020 has been a year to forget, and a year that has proved conclusively that there are many things more important than football. But despite that, there have been moments when football has provided a light in the darkness, and we'd like to hear about your best moments of 2020 so that we can share them with the world at the start of 2021, and perhaps provide a moment of optimism.

January might be memorable to Chertsey Town fans, who watched their side wallop six past Hertford Town. Canvey Island fans might want to reminisce about the seven goals they saw their team score at Witham Town, whilst supporters of Tooting and Mitcham United will have fond memories of the six first half goals against FC Romania? Worthing also got six- although not all of them came in the first half- against Merstham, whilst Westfield's four-nil win over promotion rivals Ware was certainly worthy of celebration for those at Woking Park. Ashford United's seven-nil win at Burgess Hill Town might be your favourite moment if you're a nut or a bolt, but perhaps not if you're a Hillian. And of course Aveley fans will remember the day they knocked Hornchurch out of the FA Trophy.

February saw Carshalton Athletic wallop four goals past Horsham, whilst those Millers at Parkside dumped Chelmsford City out of the Trophy- the next round, at Notts County, was undoubtedly also memorable despite the outcome. Haywards Heath Town struck five goals past Faversham Town, Bracknell Town got seven against Staines Town, Hanwell Town six against Waltham Abbey, Ashford United six in Guernsey, and Bowers and Pitsea put Brightlingsea Regent to the sword in a seven-nil thrashing. Waltham Abbey fans will undoubtedly recall their side getting seven in a ten goal thriller against Chalfont St Peter, whilst Cheshunt supporters will remember a trip to our fans favourite stadium, Lewes, where their side got six goals. Maldon and Tiptree went goal mad, with six against Felixstowe and Walton United and five against Hullbridge Sports.

March was, of course, truncated- but before it came to an end Cheshunt struck four at Kingstonian, Bracknell Town got five against Harlow Town, and Tooting & Mitcham United also struck five times at Hanwell Town. Whitehawk did even better, with eight against Three Bridges.

September saw football return, and Cray Valley PM wallop VCD Athletic six-nil. Hullbridge Sports got seven at Witham Town, Cray Wanderers put five past Kingstonian, and Bowers got another seven at home- this time against Leatherhead.

October brought us giant killings galore. Plaudits go to Cray Valley PM, Bedfont Sports, Maldon and Tiptree, Canvey Island, and Burgess Hill Town, whilst the November football we had before the world went wrong once more saw a fine Trophy giantkilling for Uxbridge. December saw Hornchurch, Haringey Borough and Maldon and Tiptree also slay those from the leagues above.

So what was your favourite moment- and, of course, it doesn't have to be any of these? Please get in touch via townsendaround@gmail.com and let us know- and you'll see it featured here from New Years Day. Up to 500 words- but if you want to write less we'll include it in a compilation!

Image: David Bauckham.

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