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Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Ryman Premier: Hornchurch 2 Carshalton 1
Hornchurch moved to the top of the Ryman Premier Division table after a hard fought win over Carshalton extended their unbeaten run to 14 games at Bridge Avenue last night.
Goals in each half by Carl Rook and Stefan Payne, 13 minutes into the second half, made it five straight wins for Jimmy McFarlane’s side and gave them another lift heading into their meeting with Grays on Saturday.
The game started at a fairly slow pace and the first meaningful attack resulted in Hornchurch taking the lead through Rook.
Rickie Hayles fired the ball towards Payne, who flicked it on, and Tambeson Eyong showed great strength to roll his marker and slide across goal for Rook to tap home.
Carshalton’s Alex Addai nearly levelled instantly, but Hayles got across to make a superb last-ditch block.
Then from almost nowhere Carshalton equalised through Addai, although Urchins keeper Inigo Echepare should have done better.
Pelayo Gomez-Pico rolled the ball back to Addai in space and the diminutive forward shot at goal. Spaniard Echepare got down to his right, but couldn’t get a strong enough hand on the strike and the ball trickled past him and into the net.
Hornchurch became sloppy after the goal, but the introduction of recent signing Leigh Bremner changed the tide of the game.
Bremner was handed a home debut in the 51st minute and just moments later headed wide from Michael Spencer’s cross.
Then Urchins went in front again as Rook ran onto Joey May’s through ball, squared for Payne and he slotted home for his seventh goal of the season.
Bremner was continuing to shine and he jinked past three Robins defenders inside the box but as the goal opened up, he mishit his shot straight at the keeper.
The Hornchurch fans were in great voice throughout and continued singing as the game went into the final five minutes.
McFarlane brought on Billy Coyne and George Purcell and switched to 4-4-2 to shore up the defence and Hornchurch stood firm to grind out three points that sent them to the summit.
Hornchurch: Echepare, Bentley, Spencer, Hayles, Styles, Curley, Eyong, May, Payne (Purcell 88), Rook (Coyne 85), Bourne (Bremner 51).
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