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Isthmian North: Leon McKenzie nets brace in routine friendly victory for Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 12:30 24 July 2017

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane congratulates Leon McKenzie (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane congratulates Leon McKenzie (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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Pre-season friendly: VCD Athletic 1 Hornchurch 4

A goal in each half from Leon McKenzie helped Hornchurch pick up a 4-1 pre-season friendly win at VCD Athletic on Saturday.

It was good performance from start to finish for the Urchins with George Purcell and Kenzer Lee also on target in a victory which could have been by a wider margin.

Purcell showed what was to come when he crashed a free-kick against the bar with 12 minutes on the clock, and he was to break the deadlock just two minutes later.

Summer signing Brad Warner flicked the ball into Purcell’s path who fired the ball past the home goalkeeper.

VCD tried to hit back instantly as Sam Mott made a smart stop in the Urchins goal before Nathan Cooper produced a fine interception to deny another opportunity.

Having weathered the storm, Jimmy McFarlane’s side doubled their lead on 28 minutes when Purcell played the ball through for Theo Fairweather- Johnson and the home keeper was unable to hold his rasping drive and McKenzie was on hand to poke the ball home from close range.

Fairweather-Johnson shot into the side netting as the visitors continued to dominate, only for Tobi Joseph to concede a penalty and the hosts reduced the deficit from the spot.

Hornchurch’s two-goal cushion was restored just before the break though when Jed Chouman’s long free-kick found Lee and he was ideally placed to find the back of the net.

Warner saw another effort well saved as Urchins continued to be on top and they started the second period in dominant fashion with the lively Warner going close on a further two occasions.

However, on the hour mark, McFarlane’s men extended their lead when McKenzie expertly headed home a pinpoint cross from Purcell.

A flurry of substitutions followed but the visitors remained on top, with Ross Wall seeing two efforts just miss the target and McFarlane will have plenty of positives to take from the outing ahead of their friendly against Vanarama National side Leyton Orient at Bridge Avenue tomorrow (Tuesday) night.

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