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Saturday, October 5, 2013
Ryman Premier: Grays 1 Hornchurch 5
Table-topping Hornchurch demolished Grays at Mill Field with a scintillating attacking display that will put fear into the chasing pack in the Ryman Premier Division.
Stefan Payne bagged a brace alongside efforts from Carl Rook and Leigh Bremner before Grays pulled one back, but then scored an own goal through defender Junior Baker.
Hornchurch started strongly and had the first chance of note when recent recruit Bremner flicked over the bar.
Payne then had a chip easily saved and the hosts saw a tame Joao Carlos effort on goal before Urchins took the lead.
Bremner latched onto Rook’s through ball and slotted past Grays keeper Lamar Johnson for his first Hornchurch goal.
And Urchins doubled their lead soon after in the 16th minute with the Grays defence all at sea once again.
Michael Spencer fired the ball forward and Payne, in acres of space, found the net with ease to put Hornchurch firmly in the ascendancy.
Jimmy McFarlane’s team continued to dominate and Payne twice went close to extending their advantage further before half time.
The visitors continued pressing after the restart and got their third goal just four minutes into the second half as Rook tapped into the empty net from a couple of yards after Payne had got to the byline and crossed.
The fourth Horncurch goal was only around the corner as Joey May, who was excellent all game, played a lovely half-volleyed pass into Payne, who was fouled as he tried to round Johnson and Urchins were awarded a penalty.
Surprisingly Johnson was only booked, despite stopping a clear goalscoring opportunity, and he then pushed Payne’s spot-kick onto the post.
But Payne made up for his miss just seconds later by firing into the top corner from outside the box to make it 4-0.
Urchins continued dominating but conceded minutes from time as Jack West tapped home following a lengthy goalmouth scramble.
Hornchurch were to have the final say, though, as substitute George Purcell’s shot was pushed onto the post before bouncing back off Grays defender Baker and into the net.
Urchins saw out the remaining few minutes to make it 15 games unbeaten in all competition and remain top of the table ahead of Tuesday’s league cup clash at Essex rivals Billericay.
Hornchurch: Echepare, Bentley, Spencer, Hayles, Styles, Curley, Eyong (Bourne 58), May, Payne (Starkey 77), Rook, Bremner (Purcell 63).
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