Happy New Year for Hornchurch

Urchins get 2011 underway with a win

Hornchurch got the new year off to a winning start at Wealdstone.

Returning to Ryman Premier Division action after a five-week break, Urchins claimed a 3-0 win in north west London to maintain their hold on a play-off place.

Lewis Smith put them on their way, collecting a pass from Martin Tuohy and weaving through to score just past the half-hour mark.

And Smith and Tuohy then combined soon after to find debutant Sam Holloway, whose cross was headed in by Billy Coyne.

Jimmy McFarlane’s men had to wait until injury time to claim their third goal, when Joe Benjamin’s shot was saved and Michael Ramkin, making his first appearance in 15 months, slotted home his first for the club.

Hornchurch will now host Romford in an eagerly-anticipated friendly tomorrow (Tuesday, 7.30pm), after Boro saw their Division One North clash at Leyton postponed at the weekend due to problems with the boiler serving the dressing rooms at the Hare & Hounds ground.

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