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Ryman Premier: Hornchurch 3 East Thurrock 0
Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane praised his defenders after watching his side comfortably defeat East Thurrock in their FA Cup dress rehearsal at Bridge Avenue.
Two goals from George Purcell after Chris Bourne’s opener gave Urchins a fifth win of the season and left McFarlane was satisfied with the victory.
He said: “We didn’t really play well, didn’t pass the ball at all and it was a bit erratic, but we won 3-0.
“That is what happens when you have good forwards. But, it is no good having good forwards if you haven’t got good defenders.
“You build foundations from the back and I thought our back four was outstanding.”
McFarlane also praised new boy Stefan Payne, who was given his first start after a goalscoring debut off the bench at Dulwich a week earlier.
He added: “I haven’t seen anyone at this level who can do things he does and that was his first start for a long, long time.
“He’ll only get better and hopefully we get better with him.”
Hornchurch nearly took the lead after 30 seconds when Bourne closed down a clearance, but East Thurrock responded immediately and Rickie Hayles spared the blushes of Inigo Echepare.
Hayles cleared off the line after former Hornchurch striker Leon McKenzie had beaten the Spanish keeper to the ball.
The visitors then had the ball in the net midway through the first half, but Lea Dawson’s effort was ruled out for offside.
Bourne gave Hornchurch the lead in the 41st minute, after he had missed a decent opportunity minutes earlier.
Billy Coyne’s long throw caused chaos inside the East Thurrock box and Bourne hooked in from close range to make amends.
It was nearly two moments before half time, but Purcell toe-poked wide at the near post.
East Thurrock controlled possession at the start of the second half, but two goals in two minutes won the game for Hornchurch
Purcell bagged both, his seventh and eighth goals of the season, to continue his fine form in front of goal.
The first came after he got in behind the visitors defence and confidently slotted home.
Bourne assisted his second after winning the ball in midfield, and Purcell cut inside Ryan Sammons before side footing past former Urchins keeper Darren Behcet.
The visitors continued pressing, but Hornchurch always looked comfortable and claimed the points after their second clean sheet of the season.
The two sides meet again in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup next Saturday, but Urchins host Wealdstone before that on Tuesday.
Hornchurch: Echepare, Coyne (May 72), Bentley, Hayles, Styles, Curley, Duncan (Eyong 46), Starkey, Payne (Rook 69), Purcell, Bourne. Unused subs: Spencer, Yusuff.
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