Leon’s double lifts Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 17:43 10 December 2016 | UPDATED: 20:44 10 December 2016

Hornchurch striker Leon McKenzie (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch striker Leon McKenzie (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch 4 Ware 0

Hornchurch proved too strong for Ryman North rivals Ware as Leon McKenzie hit a brace at Bridge Avenue.

Unbeaten in their last nine league matches and having beaten Premier Division outfit Sudbury in the league cup in midweek, Urchins made a bright start and saw Junior Luke and Abs Thompson impress on either flank in the opening minutes.

And they broke the deadlock just past the quarter-hour mark when the ball was played into the box and Kenzer Lee saw his effort blocked, before Thompson drilled home the rebound.

Luke volleyed over the crossbar on 28 minutes, then saw Thompson cross for McKenzie to send his header too high.

And Urchins had a good chance to double their advantage in first-half stoppage time when Thompson’s accurate cross found Ross Wall, but he sent the ball past the upright.

Sam Mott was called into action straight after the restart to save from Gareth Price, then saw Alex Bentley close down a Ware attacker to deny them another chance on 48 minutes.

And Hornchurch went 2-0 up just two minutes later when Luke won possession in the box and the ball fell kindly for McKenzie to fire home via a post for his 14th goal of the season.

Price fired over for Ware on 56 minutes, but Luke then saw a shot deflected behind for a corner, which was subsequently cleared off the Ware goalline.

And good play by Thompson set up a chance for Wall on 63 minutes, but the striker fired wide to give Ware another let-off.

The same two Hornchurch players combined again soon after, with Thompson’s trickery creating an opportunity for Wall, whose shot was blocked behind for a corner.

And the set-piece found McKenzie, who controlled the ball well and slotted home for his second.

Wall got his reward with 15 minutes remaining, firing home from another Thompson cross to make it 4-0, before McKenzie made way for George Purcell and Taj Hussain came on for Thompson.

And Wall created a chance for Purcell on 82 minutes, crossing from the left but seeing the club’s all-time record scorer drag his attempt wide of the target.

Purcell put another effort wide on 85 minutes but Urchins were comfortable winners and are back in action at Bridge Avenue on Tuesday, when Witham Town are the visitors.

Hornchurch: Mott, Bentley, Da Cruz, Lee, Cooper, Chouman, Thompson (Hussain 78), Osman, McKenzie (Purcell 76), Wall, Luke (Coley 69). Unused subs: Cohen, Hussain, Morrish.


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