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Hornchurch remain unbeaten with another draw against Carshalton

PUBLISHED: 16:58 01 September 2018 | UPDATED: 16:58 01 September 2018

Hornchurch striker George Purcell celebrates a goal (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch striker George Purcell celebrates a goal (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Bostik Premier Division: AFC Hornchurch 1 Carshalton Athletic 1

Hornchurch recorded their fifth consecutive draw to continue their unbeaten start to life in the Bostik Premier Division as they were pegged back for a 1-1 draw with Carshalton Athletic.

A first-half penalty from George Purcell looked to set to earn the Urchins three points but an 83rd minnute goal from Jerson Dos Santos meant the sides had to settle for a share of the spoils at Bridge Avenue.

Manager Jimmy McFarlane made two changes for the match from the side that drew 1-1 with Brightlingsea Regent on Monday as Leon McKenzie and Nathan Livings came in for Sean Marks and Connor Hogan – the later dropping to the bench.

The first two minutes of the match both sides were stuck in the middle of the park with neither creating any real chances.

Until Brad Warner flicked the ball on for Purcell, who looked to pick out McKenzie inside the box, but the striker was beat to the ball by goalkeeper Billy Bishop and ended up bundling into him.

Two minutes later the visitors hit back as Michael Dixon made a run down the right, crossing the ball in but Alex Bentley decided to clear the incoming ball for a corner, nothing came from the set-piece.

The hosts had another chance in the 29th minute when Purcell let fly after turning on the Carshalton back line but he sent his shot over the bar after Warner picked him out.

In the 32nd minute they went close once again as midfielder Lewwis Spence drilled a shot off the post and the ball bounced around and fell to McKenzie who fired into the keeper’s hands.

Captain Nathan Cooper then put his body on the line for his side and threw himself in front of Ricky Korboe’s shot as he looked to shoot from long range.

Hornchurch were awarded a penalty in the 40th minute as Purcell was brought down as he broke clear inside the box.

He stepped up and drove the ball past Bishop into the bottom left corner of the net to make it 1-0 five minutes before half-time.

It was a slow start to the second-half and the first chance didn’t come until the 53rd minute when the visitors Jerson Dos Santos made a run and had a go from long range but it was cmfortably held by Chafer.

Then again in the 69th minute it was another individual run for the visitors as Ricky Korboe tried weaving through but also fired into the hands of Chafer.

Carshalton kept putting the pressure on as they searched for an equaliser, this time it was substitute Tommy Bradford, who fired goalbound but his effort went over the bar in the 81st minute.

Two minutes later they did in fact find the back of the net to level the score as Dos Santos slotted home the ball after an original effort from Raheem Sterling-Parker hit the post as he broke into the box.

In the 86th minute Hornchurch goalkeeper Chafer pulled off an amazing save to keep the score level as the visitors striker slid in with a late effort.

AFC Hornchurch: Chafer, Bentley, Cooper, Clark, Porter, Spence, Livings, Saunders, Warner (Hursit 72), McKenzie, Purcell.

Unused subs: Fairweather-Johnson, Smith, Hogan, Collis.

Carshalton Athletic: Bishop, Davidson-Phipps, Dudley, Morath-Gibbs, Cheadle, Korboe, Aziaya (Adeniyi 73), Hamilton-Downes, Mendy (Bradford 56), Dixon (Sterling-Parker 68), Dos Santos.

Unused subs: Price and Phillips.

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