Hornchurch hail matchwinner Chouman
PUBLISHED: 19:41 18 February 2017 | UPDATED: 19:41 18 February 2017
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Hornchurch 1 Soham Town Rangers 0
Jed Chouman’s second-half goal was enough for Hornchurch to maintain their impressive recent run of form in Ryman North with victory against Soham Town at Bridge Avenue.
Chouman struck just past the hour mark to keep Urchins in third place, as leaders Maldon and second-placed Brightlingsea Regent also recorded wins over Ware and Aveley, respectively.
Hornchurch were without Usman Adeniji and Kenzer Lee, while James Morrish has linked up with Whitstable Town on a dual registration basis, but Martin Tuohy had returned to the club from Canvey in midweek and was included on the bench.
And the hosts dominated the first half, but failed to capitalise on a number of chances, although the visitors rarely got close enough to Sam Mott’s goal to offer any kind of threat.
Hornchurch went close to opening the scoring on 10 minutes when Teddy Nesbitt fired a fre-kick over Soham’s defensive wall and against the inside of the post, with the ball then rebounding against keeper Niall Conroy and out for a corner.
Abs Thompson, on the right wing, caused Soham plenty of problems and after one of his devastating runs, a cross into the middle just eluded Leon McKenzie.
Ross Wall fired into the side netting from another Nesbitt free-kick and Nathan Cooper headed over from another set-piece.
Tobi Coker also went close, with Conroy deflecting his shot behind, and Coker then sent another shot over the bar from the resulting corner.
McKenzie went close and Chouman pulled a shot wide after Thompson had opened up the left side of Soham’s defence.
Urchins continued to apply pressure, with McKenzie firing over from Thompson’s through ball and Wall going close from Nesbitt’s pass, before Soham sent a free-kick over Mott’s crossbar.
The visitors had a rare chance just before half time but Joe Carden fired wide and Simon Swinton shot straight at Mott.
Hornchurch continued to press hard in the second half, with Conroy saving well from Wall after Thompson had again left the defence in tatters.
And Thompson then moved inside, took a McKenzie pass, but Conroy turned his shot around for a corner.
Urchins boss Jim McFarlane then made an inspired substitution, bringing on Tobi Joseph for Coker on the hour and his impact was almost immediate as two minutes later he started a move which led to a throw-in from which Chouman took possession and sent a dipping shot over Conroy from fully 30 yards
Joseph then headed clear from a rare Soham corner, before Tuohy made his return to action in place of McKenzie and ran on to a Thompson pass before testing Conroy with a well-struck shot.
Tuohy sent another rising effort over the bar in the closing stages, while Chouman went close to a second in stoppage time as one goal proved enough.
Hornchurch: Mott, Cohen, Bentley, Styles, Cooper, Chouman, Thompson (Hussain 90), Wall, McKenzie (Tuohy 75), Coker (Joseph 60), Nesbitt.
Unused subs: Coley, Da Cruz.
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