Search

Strike pair lift Hornchurch

09:40 09 March 2014

Stefan Payne (9) scores the first goal for Hornchurch against Thamesmead and celebrates (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Stefan Payne (9) scores the first goal for Hornchurch against Thamesmead and celebrates (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO c/o 27 Plaiters Way, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3LR - Editorial Use ONLY - FA Premier League and Football League images are subject to DataCo Licencing restrictions

Ryman Premier: Hornchurch 2 Thamesmead 0

Hornchurch bounced back from a poor performance against Grays Athletic to beat Thamesmead and get back on track for their push for the Ryman Premier Division title.

Early pressure from Urchins came to fruition when Stefan Payne found himself some space from a corner, trapped the ball and slotted the ball into the net.

And the hosts broke forward again through Payne, George Purcell and Carl Rook, with Purcell played through on goal after Mead pushed too many men forward.

Left with just the goalkeeper to beat, Purcell chipped the ball over Sam Mott but the ball just crept wide of the post.

Payne was also played through one-on-one with Mott moments later and was pulled to the ground, but to the fury of the Hornchurch management and crowd the referee told Payne to get up to his feet and there was no foul.

After a sloppy opening to the second half Tambeson Eyong picked up the ball in his own half and burst past the Mead defence on a superb run, which ended with his shot hitting the post.

Frustration growing among the Urchins coaching staff as the referee seemed to be giving a lot of decisions against the home side and a succession of free kicks for Mead led to the first real shot on Inigo Echepare’s goal which he tipped over the bar.

As the game entered it’s final 10 minutes Dave Rainford stole the ball from the last Mead defender and surged towards goal with three teammates in support, but he could not find the right shot or pass and ran straight into Mott.

The visitors had their best chance of the game from another free kick as Shamir Mullings first headed against the crossbar and the planted his head onto the rebound only for it to be cleared of the line by a Hornchurch defender.

Urchins made the most of their let-off to double their lead late on when Purcell fired a shot past Mott and through the net.

Most of the crowd thought the ball had gone wide, but it had actually passed through the back of the goal to the relief of boss Jimmy McFarlane.

He said: “He is one of the top referees I know but he just had a bad day.

“We still want to win the title. The playoffs are our minimum aim.”

For Hornchurch to fulfil their ambitions they will need to be less reliant on their two star strikers and hope the rest of the team can support them with goals.

Hornchurch: Echepare, Rainford, Spencer, Styles, Hayles, Curley, Eyong, May (Coyne 77), Payne (Bremner 86), Purcell, Rook (Folkes 77).

0 comments

Latest Sport Stories

Yesterday, 16:30
Hornchurch's John Hefford on his way to victory over Daniel Spencer (pic: Samantha Wordie)

Hornchurch middleweight defends title

Yesterday, 15:15
Nine Tigers JFC members have been rewarded for their volunteering efforts

Youngsters helped organise training sessions at club

Yesterday, 14:00
Essex have won the South East England Schools FA under-18s Corinthian Casuals Trophy Final

Pupils from across the county combine for glory

Yesterday, 13:30
Andreas Jonsson of Lakeside Hammers (pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)

Struggling side host Aces

Most read sport

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

The sell out 2014 event 32 Londoners, returns to the Coca-Cola London Eye!

The Coca-Cola London Eye is proud to announce that 32 Londoners will be returning this June, following last year’s sell out event. The event will feature 32 talks, in each of the London Eye’s 32 capsules on 32 extraordinary Londoners.

You could take in stunning views of London over brunch at the Sky Garden

Celebrate lighter, brighter days with the chance of winning an indulgent brunch for two with a bottle of bubbles at Darwin, the cool and casual brasserie 36 floors up at Sky Garden.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder