Hornchurch prepare to host Bury
McKenzie clinches runners-up spot
Hornchurch secured the Ryman Premier Division runners-up spot with a 2-1 win over relegated Leatherhead at Bridge Avenue.
And Urchins will now host Bury in the play-off semi-finals on Wednesday as they look to join champions Billericay in Conference South next season.
Carl Hook opened the scoring on 19 minutes, running on to Simon Glover’s through ball to claim his first goal in a Hornchurch shirt.
But Leatherhead hit back to level just before half-time when a long ball found Greg Andrews, who prodded past Joe Woolley.
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Urchins regained the lead just two minutes into the second half, though, when Jon Hunt’s pass created a chance for Rook, whose shot was tipped wide by Chico Ramos.
Hunt’s inswinging corner was scrambled off the line but Leon McKenzie reacted quickest to convert.
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Urchins had chances to add to their tally in the time that remained, but had done enough to record their 26th win of the campaign – the best in the division.
And they held on to second place on goal difference after Lowestoft celebrated a 4-1 win at Billericay.
Another victory against Bury on Wednesday would see Hornchurch host Lowestoft or Wealdstone in the play-off final on Bank Holiday Monday (May 7).
Romford ended their Ryman Division One North campaign on a low note, after a defeat at relegated Great Wakering.
Ashley Hawkins and Dan Trenkel netted in the last 20 minutes to earn Rovers a 2-0 win and leave Boro in 13th place on 57 points.