Frustration for Hornchurch
PUBLISHED: 08:37 08 February 2015 | UPDATED: 08:37 08 February 2015
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Ryman Premier: Hornchurch 0 Bognor 0
A pre-match presentation to acknowledge Billy Coyne’s recent 200th appearance for Hornchurch was followed by a frustrating draw with Bognor, as both teams failed to make their chances pay.
Urchins were well matched by the visitors throughout the game, with both teams striking the woodwork on occasions, but neither team was able to get the all-important goal.
Frankie Curley’s early volleyed through ball to George Purcell looked inch perfect before the striker was deliberately tripped by James Crane, with the Bognor defender lucky to escape with nothing but a caution.
The first notable chance the game fell to Bognor’s Ollie Pearce who, after a darting run into the box from the left hand side, struck the ball against the upright with Hornchurch keeper Sam Mott well beaten.
The loose ball was eventually cleared by Bill Roast and, after a good deal of pressure from Bognor, Hornchurch began to find their feet.
Another through ball from Curley sent Kieran Bishop racing into the box, but his effort hit a post.
Then, three minutes before half time, Bognor attacked down the left hand side again and Crane’s cross-shot hit the inside of the post and rebounded into the grateful arms of a stunned Sam Mott.
The home side went close on the stroke of half-time when an inswinging corner from Joey May was cleared off the line and then headed over by Curley.
The second half began in similar fashion to the first, with early exchanges from both sides, but none were able to harm the opposition.
Bishop went through on goal just before the hour and lobbed the ball over a hopeless Chris Winterton, but the ball then ricocheted off the underside of the bar and away as the woodwork again came to the rescue.
It was looking increasingly unlikely that either team would be able to find a breakthrough and the final quarter remained equal as both keepers were tested.
A point apiece for both teams was about fair, but Hornchurch will be disappointed at missing an opportunity to take more from 12th-placed Bognor.
Urchins now turn their attentions to the league cup, with a trip to Ryman Premier rivals Billericay on Monday.
Hornchurch: Mott, Coyne, Bourne, Styles, Roast, Curley, May, Johnson, Bishop (Tuohy 66), Purcell, Luke (Nwachuku 66). Unused substitutes: Joseph, Homans, Gogo.
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