Hornchurch hit hosts for six

PUBLISHED: 18:22 18 August 2013 | UPDATED: 18:22 18 August 2013

George Purcell (left) netted twice in Hornchurch's 6-1 win at Cray (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

George Purcell (left) netted twice in Hornchurch's 6-1 win at Cray (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Ryman Premier: Cray 1 Hornchurch 6

Hornchurch hit six of the best at Ryman Premier Division rivals Cray in a stunning display.

The visitors were quick out of the blocks at Hayes Lane, with Chris Bourne firing wide after only two minutes.

Derek Duncan grazed a post soon after before Urchins opened the scoring through Carl Rook, who flicked a Bourne corner into the net.

Jimmy McFarlane’s men doubled their lead when Bourne’s cross found Rook, whose shot was cleared off the line to Joey May and he centred for Rickie Hayles to head home.

Bourne had a hand in the third goal as well, picking out May with a fine pass before his shot was tipped wide and Elliot Styles headed home from Duncan’s corner.

Inigo Echepare denied Leigh Bremner a reply with a fine double save and Urchins went 4-0 up when George Purcell surged forward to fire past Andy Walker.

Hornchurch almost claimed a fifth before the break when Purcell’s shot came back off a post, but Urchins did not have to wait long before adding to their tally in the second half.

Walker had denied Purcell with two saves before Bourne went off on a solo run and smashed home a shot.

Cray hit back when Bremner glanced a header past Echepare from Peter Wedgeworth’s corner but the home side’s joy was shortlived as Urchins went 6-1 up a minute later as Bourne teed up Purcell to claim his second.

The home side were awarded a penalty soon after, but Echepare kept out Bremner’s spot-kick with a diving save and the Spanish keeper produced another good save to thwart Cray.

Purcell went close to a hat-trick late on, as Walker’s save denied him, while Rook had an effort cleared off the line and Ade Yusuff sent his effort over.

But such a convincing victory will have given Urchins a notable boost ahead of their home meeting with Bury at Bridge Avenue on Tuesday.

Hornchurch: Echepare, Coyne, Bentley, Hayles, Styles, Starkey (Curley 46), Duncan (Yusuff 64), May, Rook, Purcell, Bourne (Glover 79).

*The news was not so good for Romford in Ryman Division One North as they fell to a home defeat against Waltham Abbey.

Boro went into the match on a high after their 4-0 midweek win over Waltham Forest.

But Abs Seymour missed an early penalty, as Jake Whincup produced a fine save, and Boro fell behind six minutes before the break as Tom Bruno fired home from 35 yards for the visitors.

James Peagram had a penalty saved by Boro’s Atu Ngoy before Abbey made sure of the points on 74 minutes when Darelle Russell claimed their second goal.

Boro will look to bounce back when they visit Erith & Belvedere on Tuesday.

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