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Bostik North: Hornchurch 2 Hertford Town 0

PUBLISHED: 08:11 19 November 2017 | UPDATED: 08:11 19 November 2017

Nathan Cooper (centre) celebrates with Hornchurch team-mates (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Nathan Cooper (centre) celebrates with Hornchurch team-mates (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch moved up to second in the Bostik North table with a hard-fought win at a wet Bridge Avenue.

Matthew Thomson of Hertford and Elliot Styles of Hornchurch (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo) Matthew Thomson of Hertford and Elliot Styles of Hornchurch (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Urchins had needed a late goal to beat their opponents in the FA Cup earlier this season and found them to be tough to break down once again.

Leon McKenzie forced Charlie Mann into the first save of note on 12 minutes, with the hosts going close midway through the first half when George Purcell found Brad Warner unmarked and his effort came back off the crossbar.

Alex Bentley fired over, while Hertford’s Michael Toner sent an effort wide at the other end as the first half ended goalless.

The two sides continued to battle it out in tricky conditions after the restart, with Matt Thompson firing wide from 25 yards for the visitors.

Jason Beck of Hertford and Theo Fairweather-Johnson of Hornchurch (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo) Jason Beck of Hertford and Theo Fairweather-Johnson of Hornchurch (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Warner was also off-target after getting in behind the Hertford defence, but Urchins broke the deadlock when defender Nathan Cooper pounced on a loose ball at a corner and fired home.

Jimmy McFarlane’s men pressed for a second and Mann kept out Jed Chouman’s attempt, before captain Elliot Styles clashed with Jason Beck on halfway and both were booked.

Sam Mott was largely untroubled in the home goal, meanwhile, and Urchins sealed the points three minutes from time when Warner found space to send a low shot across Mann and into the bottom corner of the net.

Luke Illsey’s curling effort was comfortably fielded by Mott to deny Hertford a late consolation and Urchins will bid for a third successive win when Ware visit on Tuesday.

Jed Chouman of Hornchurch and Daniel Palmer of Hertford (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo) Jed Chouman of Hornchurch and Daniel Palmer of Hertford (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch: Mott, Bentley, Porter, Lee, Cooper, Chouman, Fairweather-Johnson (Oluwatimlilehin 90), Styles, McKenzie (Hursit 87), Purcell (Joseph 90), Warner. Unused subs: Roberts, Fanimo.

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