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Hornchurch crash out of the Essex Senior Cup to champions Chelmsford City

PUBLISHED: 09:00 01 November 2017

George Purcell scored twice for Hornchurch in their win at Soham Town Rangers (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

George Purcell scored twice for Hornchurch in their win at Soham Town Rangers (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Essex Senior Cup: AFC Hornchurch 2 Chelmsford City 3

Hornchurch crashed out of the Essex Senior Cup Third Round with a 3-2 defeat to the reigning champions Chelmsford City.

The Urchins fell to a third straight defeat despite leading 2-0 at half-time thanks to three second-half goals from the National League South high-flyers at Bridge Avenue last night.

The first chance fell to Chelmsford’s Shaun Batt who turned Jamie Hursit inside out and then the winger cut into the box but his shot was pushed clear for a corner in the seventh minute.

The corner was played short to Batt who cut into the box and let a short fly but Urchins goalkeeper Sam Mott steered it wide for another corner.

Two minutes the hosts missed a chance of their own when Ross Wall got his head onto Brad Warner’s cross but couldn’t quite get enough on it and send it wide of the right post.

Hornchurch broke the deadlock when Brad Warner slotted the ball through Jake Jessup’s legs and into the back of the net after George Purcell picked him out on the left side of the box after stealing the ball from Mark Haines and making a great run to make it 1-0 after 12 minutes.

Four minutes later Purcell doubled his side’s lead as he took advantage of a poor clearance and latched onto the loose ball and slide it past Jessup from a narrow angle to make it 2-0.

The visitors new signing Gianni Critchlow made a run down the right and threaded the ball inside to striker Tom Hitchcock who fired high in the 17th minute.

Chelmsford kept pressing forward and was awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box in the 23rd minute.

Max Porter stepped up and curled it around the wall but it went straight into the hands of Mott.

Batt then went on a solo effort eight minutes later and drove into the box but his shot was blocked and cleared.

Urchins Theo Fairweather-Johnson then robbed the ball from Luke Daley and tried his luck from 25 yards but fired over the bar.

The clarets kept hunting down an equaliser and came very close when right-back Ashley Miller picked out Christian Assombalonga who headed over from close range in the 34th minute.

Chelmsford came out strong in the second-half and just two minutes into the second frame Christian Assombalonga clawed one back for his side as he tapped home his first goal for the club on a rebound from Tom Hitchcock’s curling shot that hit the crossbar.

Urchins keeper Mott came to the rescue and stopped City from equalising as he came flying out of his goal and got his foot onto the loose ball to stop Assombalonga racing through on goal in the 51st minute.

Eight minutes later Max Porter stepped up and fired a free-kick straight into the path of Mott before Batt was brought down by Kenzer Lee after making an energetic run which won them a free-kick on the edge of the box.

Substitute Scott Davies stepped up to take the free-kick and it was just about scrambled clear.

Chelmsford’s Matthew Johnson levels it as he drills a shot home after linking up with Hitchcock to make it 2-2 in the 73rd minute.

Hitchcock then could have put the visitors into the lead a minute later but was denied by Mott to keep the score level.

Chelmsford cleared it off the line after Leon McKenzie got his head onto a inswinging cross and Warner can’t quite tuck away the rebound four minutes from time.

Straight back down the other end Chelmsford nicked a late winner as Hitchcock finished a lovely through ball from Davies to help his side progress into the next round of the cup competition.

Hornchurch: Mott, Hursit, Cooper, Lee, Porter, Roberts (Joseph 71), Styles, Fairweather-Johnson, Warner, Purcell, Wall (McKenzie 84)

Unused subs: Kamara, Hussain.

Chelmsford: Jessup, Miller, Daley, Haines, Smith, Johnson, Porter (Stevenson 88), Critchlow (Davies 36), Assombalonga, Hitchcock, Batt (Green 69)

Unused subs: Spillane, Dickson.

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