Hornchurch grateful to supersub Abs Thompson as he books them place in first qualifying round of FA Cup with only goal of the game at Aveley
PUBLISHED: 21:47 19 August 2016 | UPDATED: 10:22 21 August 2016
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FA Cup preliminary round: Aveley 0 Hornchurch 1
Abs Thompson scored the only goal of the game as Hornchurch beat Aveley 1-0 in the preliminary round of the FA Cup.
Urchins second-half substitute capitalised on a mistake by Millers goalkeeper Richard Robins and it was enough to give Jimmy McFarlane’s team the victory.
It was fully deserved come full time with the Bridge Avenue outfit creating the better chances despite a slow start.
Their reward is a trip to AFC Rushden & Diamonds or Northampton Sileby Rangers in the next round.
McFarlane was without regular goalkeeper Sam Mott for the clash at Mill Field because he was away on holiday.
Talented youngster Callum Chafer deputised while David Knight started after impressing off the bench during the 3-2 win over Haringey Borough on Tuesday night.
James Morrish returned having missed the mid-week match while Aveley included ex-Urchins defender Billy Coyne in their starting XI.
Hornchurch created the first opportunity of note when Morrish let George Purcell’s pass run through for Knight, but the forward lashed wide with three minutes played.
Millers responded four minutes later when Michael Pindy beat the offside trap and sprinted through on goal.
Although he managed to lob the ball over Chafer, Nathan Cooper got back to clear over the crossbar.
It boosted the confidence of the hosts and Emmanuel Ighorae was the next person to trouble the Urchins back four.
Aveley’s number 10 showed unbelievable pace on the right-hand side and after dribbling past three opponents, scuffed an effort wide of goal.
Having shaded the opening exchanges, the hosts were given a warning sign in the 22nd minute by Hornchurch’s forward duo.
Knight cut back for Purcell to lash towards goal from just outside the area and it looked destined for the top corner.
Fortunately for the Millers, Perry Dunn managed to deflect the effort over the crossbar thanks to his head.
Five minutes later and Ighorae demonstrated his agility again, dribbling past JJ Da Cruz before Elliot Styles upended him.
A free kick was given to Aveley and captain Abs Seymour, once of Romford, nearly opened the scoring, but curled the set piece against the crossbar from 25-yards and Urchins survived.
Hornchurch created their best chance of the game in the 36th minute when Cooper was played through on goal.
Robins saved, however, and Knight could only drag his effort off target and Aveley managed to clear.
Less than 60 seconds later and Urchins number nine was involved again as he chest down on the left-hand side of the penalty area, but volleyed wide.
With the half petering out to a quiet end, Hornchurch nearly took the lead just before the break.
Robins tried to let the ball run out of play, but Knight nipped in and cut back for Purcell, but he was crowded out and could only lash off target.
Urchins began the second period brightly with Purcell testing Robins from a free kick in the 50th minute.
McFarlane’s team continued to pile the pressure on with George Woodward delivering a wonderful set piece, which the Millers goalkeeper missed.
Fortunately for him a team-mate cleared for a corner, but Robins continued to look nervy and only just grabbed a header from Alex Bentley in the 55th minute.
Aveley hit back through Andres Losada-Tobon as he let fly from 25-yards, but Chafer parried past the post.
Knight was again involved four minutes later as he volleyed over after Cooper’s knockdown.
Hornchurch made the first change of the evening in the 63rd minute when Thompson replaced Bentley.
It would prove to be an inspired substitution as four minutes later the Urchins winger opened the scoring.
Aveley’s goalkeeper Robins controlled a back pass, but got the ball stuck under his feet and Thompson slide in to open the scoring.
Hornchurch should have doubled their lead in the 76th minute when Woodward found Knight from a corner, but the forward headed wide.
Morrish, who was outstanding, was forced off afterwards with Jed Chouman replacing him.
Styles moved into midfield with Da Cruz at the heart of the defence and Chouman at right-back.
Leon McKenzie was the next person to come on for Urchins, taking Purcell’s position up front with 11 minutes remaining.
The substitute had an instant impact, passing out to Knight in the 81st minute and he crossed in for Kenzer Lee.
Unfortunately Hornchurch’s midfielder fired over the crossbar from a few yards out and it remained 1-0.
Aveley pushed for a response in the final exchanges, but Urchins defended well and remained resolute.
In the third minute of stoppage time a long Coyne throw was flicked on to Ighorae, but he volleyed over.
The full time whistle followed shortly afterwards as McFarlane’s team booked their place in the first qualifying round of the competition.
Aveley: Robins, Coyne, Dunn, Sinclair (Retkoceri), Finneran, Seymour, Ighorae, Danquan (McCullock 83), Edwards, Losada-Tobon, Pindy (Stanley 74).
Unused substitutes: Maitrepierre, Gibbs, Peart.
Hornchurch: Chafer, Collis, Cooper, Styles, Da Cruz, Bentley (Thompson 63), Morrish (Chouman 77), Lee, Woodward, Knight, Purcell (McKenzie 79).
Unused substitutes: Freeman, Coley, Hursit, Symons.