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Hornchurch get better of Barking

PUBLISHED: 08:20 17 July 2015 | UPDATED: 08:20 17 July 2015

Hornchurch's George Purcell (pic: Mark Hodsman/TGSPHOTO).

Hornchurch's George Purcell (pic: Mark Hodsman/TGSPHOTO).

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Romford edged out by Billericay

Hornchurch made it two pre-season wins in two with success over Barking at Mayesbrook Park last night.

Having run out 4-0 winners over Essex Senior League outfit Ilford at the weekend, Urchins took the lead against Blues on 11 minutes when George Purcell scored with a clever chip from the edge of the box.

The visitors doubled their advantage on 24 minutes when David Knight crossed from the left and Abs Thomson touched home from close range.

But that was as good as it got for Jimmy McFarlane’s men as Knight was denied by an excellent save from Wayne Baker and Leon Smith was narrowly off target with a header from Joey May’s corner.

Baker also denied Purcell with a diving stop and the home side halved the deficit with 13 minutes left when substitute Eden Nelson netted with a well-struck shot from outside the box.

Hornchurch continue their preparations for the new Ryman North season with a trip to Ramsgate tomorrow (Saturday) and host Billericay at Bridge Avenue next Thursday (July 23).

Barking welcome Tilbury to Mayesbrook Park tomorrow for the annual Peter Webster Trophy clash, before Witham visit on Tuesday.

Barking: Baker, Powell Krachunov, Golby, Rix, O’Brien, Odedoyun, Staunton, Adesina, Creed, Mtyanda. Subs: Turner, Sherwood, Barlow, Nelson, Mogege, Reynolds, Kannan.

Hornchurch: Mott (Lewis 77), Chouman, Styles (Potter 79), Pellen (Glover 61), Smith, May (Rose 68), Thomson (Joseph 68), Ditkevicius (Downs 80), Knight (Sighiartu 65), Purcell (English 68), Coyne (Luke 46).

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Romford slipped to a 1-0 home defeat against Billericay at Ford Sports Newbury Park last night.

A hard pitch made it difficult for both sides, with Joe Ellul seeing a header from a corner ruled out on 10 minutes due to an infringement.

Ellul limped off soon after with an ankle injury, but the visitors claimed the only goal when a clever Patrick corner was set back to Shane Stamp on the edge of the box and he steered a shot home.

Jack Giddens was largely unemployed in the visiting goal, but the second half was more even after Billericay changed their entire line-up.

Boro could not force an equaliser, though, as Billericay made it three wins in a row with a third successive clean sheet.

Romford, having beaten Clapton by a single goal in their opening friendly, visit Essex Olympian League side Frenford tomorrow (Saturday), before travelling to Seven Acre & Sidcup on Thursday.


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