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Heavy loss for Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 08:50 20 August 2014 | UPDATED: 08:50 20 August 2014

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

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

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Ryman Premier: Leiston 4 Hornchurch 0

Hornchurch fell to a heavy loss in leafy Leiston last night.

Urchins made the long trip to Suffolk with only one point to show for their efforts from their first three Ryman Premier Division matches this season.

And they returned empty-handed after a disappointing evening at Victory Road.

Martin Tuohy had an early shot saved by former Urchins keeper Danny Gay, who denied Frankie Curley after a good run and cross from Moses Ashikodi.

But Leiston opened the scoring on 21 minutes when Gareth Heath tucked his shot past Sam Mott and Urchins conceded a second just five minutes later.

A cynical foul by Tom Davis saw Leiston awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position, which Stuart Broadley fired past Mott.

The home side should have added a third on 34 minutes, when one of their players was allowed a free header at a corner, and they saw another good chance go begging before the break as the Urchins defence just managed to clear the danger.

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane sent George Purcell and Courtney Homans on for Junior Luke and Junior Dadson during the interval and the visitors began the second half well, with Purcell forcing Gay into a good save on 48 minutes, before skimming the crossbar with another effort moments later.

Mott pushed out a Leiston free-kick on 51 minutes, while Ashikodi was thwarted just before the hour and Tuohy saw a header saved by Gay.

Then Hornchurch’s front two combined well on 71 minutes, with Tuohy just wide from Ashikodi’s delivery as the visitors’ frustrations grew.

McFarlane’s mood darkened late on as Leiston struck twice to double their tally and give the final scoreline a more flattering look.

Heath claimed his second after the home side had countered on the right and Cliff Akurang, McFarlane’s former team-mate at Thurrock, headed Leiston’s fourth in the third minute of stoppage time to ensure a miserable trip back to Essex for Urchins.

They hit the road again on Saturday to visit Leatherhead, before making the short trip to Aveley to take on Grays on Bank Holiday Monday.

Hornchurch: Mott, Starkey, Bentley, O Beckles, Styles, Curley, Luke (Purcell 46), Davis, Tuohy (Marshall-Katung 76), Ashikodi, Dadson (Homans 46).

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