Heybridge defeat hurts Hornchurch
PUBLISHED: 11:25 13 December 2015 | UPDATED: 11:25 13 December 2015
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Ryman North: Heybridge Swifts 1 Hornchurch 0
Hornchurch came home from Heybridge empty-handed after a surprise loss to the Ryman North’s bottom club.
The home side coped better with a strong wind and a goal from Raphael Duyile early in the second half proved enough to earn them the points.
Urchins were without Tobi Joseph, following his broken leg, and the suspended Nathan Cooper, but they had the first chance of note as George Purcell forced a good save from Danny Sambridge on six minutes.
Jack Smith fired wide for the hosts soon after, but Junior Luke produced a strong run midway through the first half only for Sambridge to dash out and smother.
Sambridge punched Joey May’s free-kick clear and Abs Thompson fired wide, but Hornchurch had a let-off six minutes before the break when Heybridge attacked on the left and saw a shot come back off the upright.
But there was no such reprieve six minutes after the restart as George Cole played the ball in from the left and Duyile fired past Sam Mott for what turned out to be the only goal of the afternoon.
Purcell had seen an attempt blocked from Joey May’s corner just before the goal and manager Jimmy McFarlane sent Leon McKenzie on to bolster his attack just past the hour mark and he sent a header from Luke’s throw-in just over the bar.
Urchins poured forward in the final quarter of an hour and captain Elliot Styles saw an effort fly wide on 85 minutes.
McKenzie then flicked another attempt over the crossbar in the final minute of normal time and six minutes of stoppage time proved frustrating as Swifts held onto the lead for three vital points to climb out of the basement and leapfrog Waltham Abbey.
Hornchurch will look to repair the damage when they return to nearby Maldon on Tuesday.
The Jammers currently sit in 13th place following their 3-1 win at Witham at the weekend.
Hornchurch: Mott, Coyne (McKenzie 62), Bentley, Styles, Goodacre, May, Thompson (Dove 84), Collis, Knight, Purcell, Luke (Chouman 71). Unused sub: Poku.