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Last-gasp Yusuff saves Hornchurch

08:47 11 September 2013

Ade Yusuff of Hornchurch (Ray Lawrence/TGSPHOTO)

Ade Yusuff of Hornchurch (Ray Lawrence/TGSPHOTO)

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Ryman Premier: Hornchurch 1 Wealdstone 1

Ade Yusuff struck in the fifth minute of injury time to save Urchins and extend their unbeaten run to eight matches last night.

Yusuff had been the late hero for Hornchurch in their win at Margate earlier in the season and he came off the bench to earn another point for Jimmy McFarlane’s men as Stones took over at the top of the table.

The home side had gone into the match in good mood, following their 3-0 win over East Thurrock at the weekend.

But they had a let-off on five minutes when there was a scramble in their box before the ball was eventually cleared.

Jay Sevia’s free-kick was comfortably saved by Inigo Echepare, before George Purcell tested Jonathan North at the other end.

But Stones took the lead on nine minutes when Chris Moore curled home a fine shot from 20 yards.

Stefan Payne fired over as Urchins looked to respond, but Tom Pett had a chance for the visitors, which was also too high.

The hosts went agonisingly close to levelling midway through the half when Purcell’s header was cleared off the Stones goalline after a scramble in the box.

But captain Elliot Styles was booked for a foul on Pett on the edge of the box, with Stefan Bailey firing the free kick into the wall.

Billy Coyne fired wide from distance on the half-hour mark, before Payne became the second Urchin to have his name taken for a late tackle.

Wealdstone’s James Hammond was also cautioned before half-time as the visitors went into the break retaining their one-goal advantage.

Urchins boss Jimmy McFarlane replaced Coyne with Joey May during the interval, moving Phil Starkey to right-back for the second half, and Chris Bourne made way for Ade Yusuff seven minutes after the restart.

But Stones continued to threaten, with Pett testing Echepare after a fine run and shot and the much-travelled Scott McGleish firing wide from Hammond’s cross.

The lively Glen Little was replaced by Adam Martin just past the hour, but former Orient striker McGleish, 39, was booked midway through the half for a late challenge on Rickie Hayles.

McFarlane made his third change with 20 minutes to go, sending striker Carl Rook on for Styles.

But the home side could not find a finish and Moore sent a chance wide on the counter-attack for Stones while Pett produced a tame effort after breaking through.

Hornchurch looked to be heading for defeat as the match drew to a close, but Echepare’s long clearance found Payne, whose cross from the left was cleared to Yusuff and his shot beat North to the delight of the home fans.

Hornchurch: Echepare, Coyne (May 46), Bentley, Hayles, Styles (Rook 71), Curley, Duncan, Starkey, Payne, Purcell, Bourne (Yusuff 52).

Unused subs: Glover, Spencer.

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