Hatters hurt Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 08:25 29 July 2015 | UPDATED: 08:25 29 July 2015

Hornchurch's George Purcell (pic: Mark Hodsman/TGSPHOTO).

Hornchurch's George Purcell (pic: Mark Hodsman/TGSPHOTO).

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Hornchurch 0 Luton Town XI 2

Hornchurch slipped to their first defeat of pre-season against the Hatters after conceding twice in the first half at Bridge Avenue last night.

Having beaten Essex Senior League duo Ilford and Barking and Ryman League outfits Ramsgate, Billericay and Canvey, Jimmy McFarlane’s men welcomed Luton for their latest test.

And the home side went close to opening the scoring on 13 minutes when George Purcell saw a fine strike come back off the inside of a post.

Abs Thompson was denied by a good save four minutes later, before Sam Mott was called into action to deny the visitors.

Luton claimed their first goal on 19 minutes when good work on the right by Luke Trotman set up the chance for Ryan Hall to drill home.

And, after Hornchurch’s Lee Prescott had an effort tipped wide on 34 minutes, they doubled their advantage on 38 minutes when Hall’s cross was guided in.

McFarlane made his first change nine minutes into the second half, sending Dave Collis on for Prescott, but Luton had a goal disallowed on the hour as the match continued at a frantic pace.

Smith replaced Johnson soon after and Joey May was denied by a superb piece of defending by Magnus Okuonghae.

Tobi Joseph came on for Junior Luke, before Purcell had a brief glimpse of goal but was denied by the onrushing Mark Tyler, a 38-year-old goalkeeper with over 600 career appearances to his name.

Calvin Poku made way for Kieron English with 10 minutes remaining and there was a late change for Urchins as Tom Pennells replaced Paulius Ditkevicius.

Hornchurch head to Whistable Town on Saturday, before completing their warm-up campaign with a home match against a West Ham XI on Tuesday (August 4, 7.45pm).

*Romford drew 2-2 with London Colney, where Joe Bricknell and debutant Sav Mula were their scorers.

Boro welcome Basildon United to Ford Sports Newbury Park tomorrow (Thursday, 7pm).

Meanwhile, Ilford were beaten 2-1 by Waltham Abbey at Robert Clack School ahead of their home clash with Aveley tomorrow (Thursday) and the visit of Braintree to Cricklefield Stadium on Saturday.

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