Ryman North: Leon McKenzie helps Hornchurch bounce back at Haringey Borough
09:00 18 October 2016
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Former Romford ace Abs Seymour scores on his Urchins debut to inspire a victory at Coles Park
Hornchurch bounced back from their weekend loss with a 2-0 win at Haringey Borough in the Ryman North last night.
Abs Seymour netted on debut for Urchins before Leon McKenzie fired home from the penalty spot late on.
Jimmy McFarlane made three changes to the team defeated 1-0 at Soham Town Rangers on Saturday.
Dave Collis, Ayrton Coley and Jakub Berkowicz dropped to the bench with Abs Thompson returning after illness and Alex Bentley starting following injury.
There was also a debut for ex-Romford ace Seymour after he joined from local rivals Aveley.
Urchins began brightly with Elliot Styles firing over from a corner after just two minutes at Coles Park.
Haringey settled afterwards, although Thompson threatened again in the 19th minute, but his dangerous centre was cleared.
The Hornchurch winger picked up a booking moments later before McFarlane’s team threatened again.
Bentley’s cross from the left was headed goalwards, but Boro’s Ross Dedman got back on the line to prevent the opener.
Sam Mott was called into action for the first time in the 27th minute and save a volley effort wide.
It would prove a crucial stop as less than 120 seconds later Urchins took the lead on the 3G pitch at Coles Park.
Jed Chouman’s throw was flicked on by McKenzie to Knight and eventually Seymour was able to tuck it away for his first Hornchurch goal.
Seymour was involved again eight minutes before half time when his cross picked out McKenzie.
Urchins striker volleyed towards goal but Harry Palmer saved in the home goal and it remained only 1-0 at the break.
Collis was introduced for the injured James Morrish at half time and set up McKenzie from a free kick shortly afterwards, which was headed wide.
Thompson then made way for Coley and the Hornchurch substitute immediately tested Palmer.
Haringey upped the ante past the hour mark and Mott was forced to make two fine saves in north London.
Jamie Hursit was introduced for Knight with four minutes remaining as Urchins looked to bring home the points.
And they were given the chance to do so when Coley was fouled inside the area in stoppage time.
McKenzie stepped up to slot home the spot-kick and give Hornchurch an excellent away victory.
Urchins move up to eighth as a result of their victory and have 22 points from 14 matches this season.
Hornchurch: Mott, Chouman, Styles, Goodacre, Bentley, Thompson (Coley 53), Morrish (Collis 46), Lee, Seymour, Knight (Hursit 86), McKenzie.
Unused substitutes: Da Cruz, Berkowicz.