Bury good win for Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 07:57 01 March 2015 | UPDATED: 07:57 01 March 2015

Hornchurch striker George Purcell (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch striker George Purcell (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

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Ryman Premier: Bury Town 1 Hornchurch 4

Hornchurch gave their Ryman Premier Division survival hopes a massive boost with a vital victory at basement boys Bury.

Leading scorer George Purcell netted twice in Suffolk, while Kieran Bishop grabbed his first goal as Jimmy McFarlane’s side claimed a well-deserved win.

Junior Luke fired an early shot over the crossbar before Urchins opened the scoring with only nine minutes gone as Bishop cut in from the right to fire home.

Sam Mott held a long-range effort from Connor Hall before Urchins doubled their lead on 18 minutes as Luke’s superb ball in from the right was volleyed in by Purcell.

Craig Nurse headed over a corner for the hosts before Joey May sent a long-distance attempt drifting wide.

And Nurse waisted another chance for Bury when shooting tamely at Mott four minutes before the interval.

It was a case of third time lucky for Nurse in first-half stoppage time, though, as he halved the deficit to give Bury hope for the second period.

And Hall sliced a chance wide after a good run eight minutes after the restart.

Hornchurch moved 3-1 up just past the hour mark when a poor clearance by Alex Archer was seized upon by Nmamdi Nwachuku, who sent the ball back into the net with a controlled finish.

And Urchins added their fourth on 66 minutes when Tobi Joseph showed persistence in the box at a long throw-in and the ball broke for Purcell to tuck home his second of the afternoon.

Bury’s Jordan Patrick saw a cross come back off the upright soon after and was denied by Mott, after Joseph had seen an effort saved by Archer at the other end.

Bishop went close to a second of his own from Joseph’s 81st-minute cross, but the visitors had done enough in front of a crowd of 390 at Ram Meadow to ensure three vital points and a happy trip back down the A12.

Purcell kept it brief, tweeting: “#2goals #3points.”

Victory over Leatherhead at Bridge Avenue on Tuesday could lift them out of the bottom four ahead of another key clash at Witham next weekend.

Hornchurch: Mott, Homans, Bourne, Styles, Johnson, Joseph, Luke (Coyne 75), May, Bishop, Purcell (Gogo 85), Nwachuku (Tuohy 80). Unused sub: Scott.

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