Hornchurch lose vital home game
PUBLISHED: 16:55 28 March 2015 | UPDATED: 22:45 28 March 2015
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Ryman Premier: AFC Hornchurch 1 Harrow Borough 3
It was a game Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane said his side must not lose but they did exactly that as they went down 3-1 at home to Harrow Borough.
The sides started the game next to one another in the table, with Borough in 21st one place outside of a drop zone that featured the Bridge Avenue side.
There was a double boost for the Urchins pre-match as former Tranmere Rovers midfielder Danny Woodards made his debut and Sam Mott returned from suspension.
The hosts made a fast start when they took the lead in the fourth minute from George Purcell’s left footed free-kick that rocketed into the net from 25 yards.
Purcell clearly felt confident with his favoured leg as he fired from a similar distance five minutes later but Harrow goalkeeper Nick Jupp was behind it.
Harrow had their first real chance in the 15th minute when Spencer McCall shot from the edge of the box forcing Mott to tip the ball over the bar.
The visitors should have been level when George McCluskey whipped a free kick in from the right eight minutes later but Michael Peacock put his free header wide.
Borough went closer still sixty seconds later when Ryan Hope’s drilled shot from 18 yards could only be palmed behind for a corner by Mott.
Despite going behind early the visitors were controlling possession in the second half but went into the break behind.
Woodards’ first appearance at Bridge Avenue did not last look as he was replaced at half time by Junior Luke.
Harrow were level five minutes after the break were Kameron English turned and shot from just inside the box and placed the ball past a diving Mott.
Hornchurch thought they had retaken the lead three minutes later when Luke’s free kick was nodded home by Elliot Styles but the Urchins captain was ruled to have fouled Nick Jupp in the away goal.
But it was Harrow who went a goal up when Lewis Driver turned Billy Roast to break clear and fired into the net with 25 minutes remaining.
With fifteen minutes remaining Purcell went close with a free kick in a similar position to where he scored from earlier but saw it cleared off the line by McCall.
Harrow sealed the win in stoppage tiime when captain Marc Charles-Smith fired home to move the visitors five points clear of Hornchurch in the table.
Hornchurch: Mott, Homans (Tuohy 68), Johnson, Styles, Roast, Curley, May, Woodards (Luke 45), Bishop, Purcell, Bourne