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Hornchurch pegged back by late Tilbury equaliser

PUBLISHED: 16:53 25 November 2017 | UPDATED: 16:53 25 November 2017

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Bostik North: Tilbury 2 Hornchurch 2

Hornchurch missed out on going top of the Bostik North table as they had to settle for a share of the spoils as they drew 2-2 against Tilbury.

The Urchins travelled away to Chadfields without Brad Warner and the suspended Leon McKenzie and found themselves trailing after 14 minuts, but they dug deep to pull it back and take the lead, before Tilbury got an equaliser through Adam Vyse eight minutes from time.

A first-half equaliser from Theo Fairweather-Johnson and an early second-half goal from Elliot Styles weren’t enough to hold of on for three points and the Urchins remain second in the table.

The first chance of the match came in the seventh minute when the ball was fired down the pitch and the Urchins George Purcell got on the end of it and looked to cross it into the box but its deflected wide for a corner.

Two minutes later the ball bounced through the Hornchurch defence, leaving Tilbury’s Adam Vyse through on goal, but Sam Mott raced out and stole the ball away after a heavy touch from the striker.

Tilbury’s Abdus Salami broke the deadlock as he poked home from close range after a free-kick was not cleared by Hornchurch in the 14th minute to make it 1-0.

The visitors Theo Fairweather-Johnson equalised fourteen minutes later as he slotted his shot past the keeper and into the bottom right corner after being picked out by Matthias Fanimo inside the box.

Both sides struggled to generate anything in the next ten minutes and the ball was back and forth in the middle of the park for the next ten minutes.

Urchins Purcell found himself in space, cut in and looked to shoot, but his shot was deflected wide for a corner in the 43rd minute and they went in 1-1 at half-time.

Jim McFarlane’s men got off to a strong start in the second-half and after two minutes Purcell smashed a volley goalbound but it was deflected over the bar for a corner after Tobi Joseph headed it on.

Three minutes later captain Elliot Styles put his side in front as he finished from close range after being picked out by a cross from Purcell.

Tilbury were desperately looking to claw their way back into the match and started piling the pressure on with the ball eventually falling to Emiel Aiken who was denied by Sam Mott from close range in the 64th minute.

Nine minutes later striker Purcell stepped up to take a free-kick on the edge of the box but fired his shot straight into the arms of keeper Clarke Bogard.

The hosts piled on the pressure and were rewarded in the 82nd minute when Vyse sprinted down the left and tucked his shot hme to level the score.

Joe Keith’s kept pushing in hope of nicking the three points and dominated the dying stages - despite Purcell almost finding his way through on goal in added time.

Tilbury: Bogard, Odelusi, Dance, Aiken (Little 80), Salami, Turpin (Mead 53), Newby, Carlile, Vyse, Jaggs (Smith 80), McWee

Unused subs: Gulliver, Keith.

Hornchurch: Mott, Bentley, Porter, Lee, Cooper, Styles, Chouman, Fairweather-Johnson, Fanimo (Oluwatimilehim 71), Joseph, Purcell

Unused subs: Roberts, Quitrna, Hursit.

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