Hornchurch suffer first league defeat against Dereham Town

PUBLISHED: 09:00 25 October 2017

Hornchurch players show their frustration (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch players show their frustration (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Bostik North: AFC Hornchurch 0 Dereham Town 1

Hornchurch suffered their first Bostik North defeat of the season and missed out on the chance of going back to the top of the table.

A first-half goal from Ryan Crisp was enough to see Dereham Town over the line and put them first in the table.

The match was delayed by 30 minutes due to the visitors getting to Bridge Avenue late due to severe traffic on the motorway.

The first shot of the game fell to the Urchins as George Purcell fired a shot just wide of the left post in the ninth minute.

The visitors returned the favour when Jamie Forshaw turned and shot well wide three minutes later.

Hornchurch defender Jamie Hursit saw his name in lights as he drove a rocket of a shot from near the halfway just over the bar in the 16th minute.

But it was Dereham who broke the deadlock three minutes later when striker Ryan Crisp held the ball up, turned on his man and fired it home into the bottom left corner to give his side a 1-0 lead.

The Magpies upped the pressure as they looked to extend their lead when Rhys Logan drove into the box only to have his shot blocked and steered clear by centre back Kenzer Lee in the 28th minute.

Three minutes later Dereham’s Logan missed a wide open goal after breaking clear of Jay Porter and taking the ball round goal keeper Sam Mott after being picked out by Forshaw.

They continued to mount the pressure on and this time it was Daniel Beaumont who almost doubled the lead as flicked the ball over from close range after a cross from Logan was thumbled in front of the goal.

Hornchurch finally created another chance of their own in the 38th minute when Brad Warner’s corner picked out Nathan Cooper but was denied by Eliot Pride to take a lead into the break.

The hosts got off to a strong start in the second half as they desperately searched for an equaliser and won two corners in the opening two minutes but made nothing of them.

McFarlane’s men took control of the game and started creating a bundle of chances with Fairweather-Johnson crossing in a lovely ball which was just too far for Warner in the 51st minute.

Five minutes later Warner fired across the goal and almost found striker Ross Wall in close.

Another chance for the home side as Fairweather-Johnson has his shot deflected wide for a corner which was headed clear but fell to Purcell who fired over the bar.

Johnson then almost headed home from close range as Warner picked him out in the 64th but it went just wide.

Purcell then made a great through on goal but was denied by Pride from point blank range in the 73rd minute.

The hosts kept pushing hard for the equaliser and almost got one in the 87th minute when Kenzer Lee headed over the bar a Warner cross.

Hornchurch: Mott, Hursit, Lee, Cooper, Porter, Roberts (Joseph 83), Chouman, Fairweather-Johnson, Warner, Purcell, Wall.

Unused subs: McKenzie, Tuohy, Hussain, Styles.

Dereham Town: Pride, Anema, Murphy, Hinton, Castellan, Linford, Logan (Dodden 90), Kelleher, Crisp (Katsande 88), Forshaw, Beaumont.

Unused subs: Bibby, Bean.


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