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Hornchurch edged out; Romford held

PUBLISHED: 14:00 31 July 2016 | UPDATED: 19:54 31 July 2016

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Clubs continue pre-season campaigns on the road

Leatherhead 1 Hornchurch 0

Hornchurch were edged out by Leatherhead in their latest pre-season friendly as one goal proved enough in Surrey.

The visitors dominated for long spells, but returned home beaten after Evan Lopes netted the only goal of the game on 74 minutes.

Urchins could have taken the lead inside two minutes when Nathan Cooper burst forward from defence and was brought down on the edge of the box.

But George Purcell’s free-kick flew past the defensive wall and wide of the far post.

A good run and cross by the lively Ayrton Coley picked out Purcell, but his effort was saved by Joe Taylor.

And Purcell then turned provider as his cross was headed over by James Morrish, before Leatherhead’s Lloyd Harrington fired a free-kick into the wall at the other end.

Kiernan Hughes Mason set up Callum Davies for a shot at goal, but Cooper produced a good tackle at the expense of a corner.

Taylor did well to hold Jed Chouman’s well-struck shot, while Sam Mott raced off his line at the other end to challenge Mason as he broke clear, with the striker firing wide.

Urchins held the upper hand in terms of territory after the restart, with former West Ham youth team player Kenzer Lee firing just over after a strong run through the middle.

Manager Jimmy McFarlane made a host of changes around the hour mark and Harry Agombar headed wide from fellow substitute Dave Collis’ free-kick.

Elliot Styles was also too high with a header, before the Tanners broke the deadlock as Lopes netted at the second attempt.

McFarlane sent on Portuguese player JJ Da Cruz and Suley Zudhu, who played for Essex Olympian League side Manford Way last season, in a late search for an equaliser and Leon McKenzie went close, before late appeals for a penalty were turned down.

Hornchurch: Mott, Chouman, Woodward (Da Cruz 77), Styles, Cooper, Symons (Collis 60), Coley (Brown 65), Morrish (Zudhu 76), Knight (Freeman 55), Purcell (McKenzie 69), Lee (Agombar 65).

*Hornchurch have been forced to cancel their home friendlies against Bishop’s Stortford and Billericay next week.

A statement on the club website said: “Due to technical difficulties with the pitch we have had to cancel the home friendly games on Tuesday and Friday against Bishop’s Stortford and Billericay Town.

“Jimmy is at present trying to arrange replacement games that will be played away from The Bridge.”

Urchins will now visit Essex Senior League side Ilford on Wednesday (7.45pm, entry £2) and take on Billericay at Aveley’s Mill Field ground on Friday.

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Mildenhall Town 1 Romford 1

Improved Romford had to settle for a share of the spoils in Suffolk after conceding a last-minute goal.

Having lost to Essex Olympian League side Frenford in midweek, Boro took the lead with an impressive free-kick on 29 minutes.

But Eastern Counties League Premier Division Mildenhall hit back through Marco Pereira with time almost up to deny Paul Martin’s men victory.


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