Friendly wins for Hornchurch and Romford
PUBLISHED: 09:43 24 July 2015
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Hornchurch 2 Billericay 0; Seven Acre & Sidcup 2 Romford 3
Junior Luke netted either side of the break to lift Hornchurch to victory over fierce rivals Billericay at Bridge Avenue last night.
The home side produced a lively display, with George Purcell and Calvin Poku going close early on and forcing Mikhael Kharshiladze into good saves.
Urchins opened the scoring on 18 minutes when Dave Collis delivered a deep cross from the right for Luke to head home at the far post.
But Billericay had a chance to level when Danny Johnson conceded a penalty, only for the much-travelled Jamie Guy to fire his spot-kick over the bar on 32 minutes.
The visitors struggled to test Sam Mott for the most part, but Hornchurch could not make their superiory count until late on.
Abs Thompson looked particularly dangerous on the right for Jimmy McFarlane’s men, who continued to press in the second half.
Mott had one save to make before Collis headed away a long throw-in from former Romford striker Loui Hazlewood.
But Purcell went close with a free-kick, before substitute Lee Prescott also had a chance.
The second goal arrived 17 minutes from time when Tobi Joseph left Billericay’s defence trailing and centred for Luke, who fired home his second of the night.
Hornchurch visit Essex rivals Canvey tomorrow (Saturday), before welcoming a Luton Town XI on Tuesday night (7.45pm).
Hornchurch: Mott, Collis (Potter 87), Coyne, Chouman, D Johnson, May (Ditkevicius 75), Thompson (Joseph 71), Pennell (Prescott 63), Poku (Osukoya 72), Purcell (Sighiarty 79), Luke (Rose 84).
Billericay: Kharshiladze, Alexander, Bourne, Burua, Moore-Azille, Owusu-Ansah, Hazlewood, Hysi, Guy (Mathurin 61), Menga, Stamp (Bunga 74).
Romford came out on top in their latest pre-season friendly after a five-goal thriller with Seven Acre & Sidcup.
The home side broke the deadlock late in the first half, but Boro were quickly back on terms as Chris Taylor converted George Tubey’s cross.
George Woodward curled his shot into the far corner to put Paul Martin’s men ahead before the interval, but Seven Acre levelled in the second half.
It looked like ending all square until Boro snatched an 88th-minute winner through substitute Joe Tingey.
Boro host Enfield Town at Ford Sports Newbury Park tomorrow (Saturday), before visiting London Colney on Tuesday.
Martin’s men entertainn Basildon United at Ship Lane on July 30, before completing their pre-season at Welwyn Garden City on August 1.
Romford: Ngoy, Tubey, Burton, Cullham, Woodward, Cosson, Smith, Barry, Taylor, Imbert, Bricknell. Subs: Giddings, Tingey, Scott, Morgan.
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