Hornchurch left empty-handed at new boys Bowers
PUBLISHED: 17:16 27 August 2016
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Hornchurch saw their unbeaten start to the season ended by Ryman North new boys Bowers at the Len Salmon Stadium.
Urchins had taken four points from a possible six in their first two league matches, while also winning their FA Cup preliminary round tie at Aveley.
But they were left empty-handed after a five-goal thriller and will look to bounce back when they host Thurrock at Bridge Avenue on Bank Holiday Monday.
There was barely a minute on the clock when Bowers full-back Tom Hine put the ball into his own net to give Urchins a perfect start.
But the visitors needed a superb tackle from captain Elliot Styles to deny Bowers a reply on the quarter-hour mark.
It was all square again on 17 minutes, though, as former Romford winger Alfie Hilton pounced after a poor clearance to beat Sam Mott for a Bowers equaliser.
But Luke Wilson did well to deny Hornchurch regaining their lead moments later, when Abs Thompson played a dangerous ball into the box.
Hilton fired just over following a good Bowers move on 26 minutes, to give Urchins a let-off, but James Morrish then found space in the box at the other end and saw his shot charged down by the home defence.
Mott made a comfortable save from Ben Sartain on 39 minutes, with Brad Warner flashing his effort across the face of goal moments later as the hosts looked to edge ahead.
And although the first half ended level, the second period was barely a minute old when Warner did put Bowers ahead, cutting inside and bending a shot into the far corner of the net past a helpless Mott.
Urchins hit back on 56 minutes, though, to make it 2-2 when Dave Collis saw a corner headed in by Styles, for his third goal of the new campaign.
But David Knight could not take advantage of a good chance with 19 minutes remaining as his effort was comfortably saved by Bobby Mason.
And George Purcell saw a lobbed attempt palmed by Mason and eventually cleared from the goalmouth.
Knight and Kenzer Lee had half chances for the visitors as well on the edge of the box, but Bowers were able to clear the danger both times.
And Urchins were made to pay eight minutes from time when former Romford striker Shomari Barnwell headed home from a cross to win it for Bowers.
Hornchurch: Mott, Collis, Da Cruz, Styles, Cooper, Morrish (Chouman 62), Bentley, Lee, Knight, Purcell (Freeman 80), Thompson (Woodward 74). Unused subs: Coley, Agombar.