Hornchurch empty-handed at Hampton

PUBLISHED: 09:00 22 March 2015

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane (pic: Ray Lawrence/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane (pic: Ray Lawrence/TGSPHOTO)

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Ryman Premier: Hampton & Richmond 2 Hornchurch 1

Hornchurch were left empty-handed and hanging on just outside the Ryman Premier Division relegation zone after defeat in west London.

Beaten at home by Lewes in midweek, Urchins fell behind after only two minutes as Moussa Diarra converted a James Richmond free-kick.

Jamie Calvin missed a good chance to double the home side’s lead before George Purcell ran on to a pass from Reece Beckles-Richards but saw his drive blocked.

And Urchins drew level in first-half stoppage time when Tobi Joseph was fouled and Purcell fired home the free-kick.

The visitors were forced onto the defensive after the restart but Hampton’s Tom Collins and Jake Rose were were and high with their efforts.

Joey May forced Seb Brown into a save from a free kick before Sam Mott produced an excellent save to deny Duncan Culley.

Diarra nodded wide from a corner before Urchins boss Jimmy McFarlane sent Martin Tuohy and Thomas Gogo on for Joseph and May.

Mott kept out a Kieran Murphy header as the hosts contined to pose more questions, but Urchins had a good chance to take the lead when Courtney Homans took a quick throw-in, Beckles-Richards found Gogo and he sent Billy Roast through only to fire high over the bar.

Tuohy’s shot on the turn forced Brown to save before Hampton countered to net the winning goal as Culley home a right-wing cross.

McFarlane sent Kieran Bishop on for Beckles-Richards late on, but Urchins could not make an impact on a well-organised Hampton defence and will hope for better at Margate on Tuesday.

Hornchurch: Mott, Homans, Bourne, Styles, Johnson, Curley, May (Gogo 71), Roast, Joseph (Tuohy 69), Purcell, Beckles-Richards (Bishop 80).

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