Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 12°C

Five-day forecast

Bad night for Hornchurch

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO) Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

George Sessions at Bridge Avenue
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
7:54 AM

Ryman Premier: Hornchurch 1 Cray 2

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

Hornchurch were shocked by basement boys Cray Wanderers last night as the ten-men hosts conceded twice in the second half to fall to a devastating defeat.

George Purcell had put Urchins ahead but Dave Rainford’s red card was the turning point and Jimmy McFarlane’s men fell to their fifth home loss in the league this season.

It was a scrappy opening at Bridge Avenue but fortunately after 19 minutes goalmouth action occurred as home captain Elliot Styles heading Purcell’s deep free-kick just wide.

Stefan Payne came close to giving Hornchurch the lead midway through the half but curled wide from Tambeson Eyong’s centre.

But the opening goal arrived shortly after, following some excellent work by Leigh Bremner.

The ex-Cray striker crossed in wonderfully on 29 minutes and Purcell powered a header past former Hornchurch keeper Darren Behcet for his 25th league goal of the season.

The visitors gave Hornchurch warning signs before the break, with Moses Ashikodi proving a threat.

Ashikodi first pulled off Rainford before firing wide and afterwards powerfully volleyed straight at Inigo Echepare.

Cray captain Alex Stavrinou sliced a great chance over following Ashikodi’s pass before Eyong nearly doubled Hornchurch’s lead with the last action of the half.

The visitors started the second period positively as Echepare was forced into a relatively comfortable save from substitute Adrian Stone before Stavrinou’s dangerous looking free-kick was cleared by the excellent Rickie Hayles.

Purcell and Eyong came close to grabbing a second for the hosts before disaster struck when Rainford was given his marching orders.

Ashikodi again peeled off Rainford and the Hornchurch man pulled him down on the edge of the box to earn himself a straight red card.

The resulting free-kick was missed and another flew over the bar but the hosts were now under some serious pressure.

Payne was sacrificed soon after for Billy Coyne, but eventually the pressure told as Stone smashed in for Cray from the edge of the area to level.

Echepare made a brave block as the ten men tried to salvage a respectable result and Purcell had a glorious chance to put Hornchurch ahead afterwards but fired straight at Behcet following Eyong’s through ball.

It would prove costly as Cray’s Merrick James-Lewis was afforded too much space and Paul Vines headed his exquisite outside of the foot cross past the helpless Echepare.

Carl Rook and Michael Spencer were sent on by McFarlane in a late bid to rescue a point, but it was to no avail as Cray held on for victory to put a huge dent in Hornchurch’s automatic promotion hopes.

Hornchurch: Echepare, Rainford, Starkey (Rook 83), Styles, Hayles, Curley, Eyong, May (Spencer 83), Payne (Coyne 69), Purcell, Bremner.

Subs not used: Lechmere, Folkes.

Share this article

0 comments

   Local advertisers

More Non-league

Local Search 24
Looking for a:
Location:
Search radius:
Click here to read the Digital Edition of the Romford Recorder on screen
Use our Wedding site to help you plan your big day!
At WeddingSite we know how much you have to organise for your wedding day, that's why we have designed a set of FREE, simple-to-use tools to make the planning process easy & hassle-free. FIND OUT MORE
Find a date using our online dating and friend finder
You can meet new friends, find romance or simply meet up online with people sharing similar interests and hobbies. FIND OUT MORE
Find a local business using our online directory search
Need a plumber? Or a florist? Or anything else? Search our business directory to find Romford businesses in just a few seconds. FIND OUT MORE
Family notices from the Romford Recorder, with readers' tributes
In memoriam, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, best wishes & special days. FIND OUT MORE

Celebrity / Showbiz See all

Drake has cancelled his Wireless London performance (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for ESPN)

Fans devastated after Drake cancels Wireless London festival

Rapper Drake has pulled out of his headline appearances at this weekend’s Wireless Festival in London, leaving fans devastated.

Read full story »