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Fairweather-Johnson brace seals Hornchurch victory against Concord Rangers

PUBLISHED: 09:00 18 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:12 18 July 2018

Hornchurch against Concord Rngers at Bridge Avenue (Pic: Jacob Ranson)

Hornchurch against Concord Rngers at Bridge Avenue (Pic: Jacob Ranson)

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Pre-season: AFC Hornchurch 2 Concord Rangers 0

A Theo Fairweather-Johnson brace helped guide his side to a 2-0 victory against National League South outfit Concord Rangers.

The Urchins made it two consecutive wins for Hornchurch to kick start their pre-season campaign at Bridge Avenue last night.

New signing Jordan Clark had the first chance of the game but sent his shot flying wide of the net in the fifth minute.

In the 13th minute the hosts right-back Jamie Hursit found striker Sean Marks in the box with a free-kick from the half-way line.

The former Maidenhead man turns and shoots, but its comfortably held by goalkeeper Sam Beasant.

Sammy Moore’s side then grew into the game and had a handful of chances themselves with the Urchins new keeper Callum Chafer coming up trumps every time.

The hosts finished the first-half with a few more chances with Hursit forcing Beasant to make a save with his long range effort.

A minute before half-time Lewwis Spence’s hard-work was almost rewarded as he fired a shot just wide of the net.

At half-time both sides made one substitution each with both Frazer Shaw and Theo Fairweather-Johnson coming on.

They were both straight into the thick of the action as Shaw had to slide in to tackle a pacey Fairweather-Johnson and send the ball out for a corner.

The substitute Fairweather-Johnson then broke the deadlock in the 53rd minute when he fired a shot into the bottom left corner from close range.

Concord then made a handful of changes as they looked to find an equaliser with Jordan Sanderson going close but Chafer sending his shot wide for a corner.

Winger Danny Green was then denied by the post twice in the space of two minutes before getting another chance at the back post but Chafer tipped it over the bar.

The hosts George Saunders then broke through against a run of play and fired a shot wide despite an incoming Fairweather-Johnson in the 74th minute.

Three minutes later the attacker grabbed his second of the match as he fired a shot in an empty after Beasant raced out but failed to win the ball.

Concord striker Nana was then played through on goal and ended up one on one with Chafer.

The keeper turns it aside.

Fairweather-Johnson lets fly in the final minute and almost netted a hat-trick but his shot was just tipped over the bar.

Hornchurch: Chafer, Hursit (Dunne 75), Lee, Cooper, Porter (Ditkevicius 80), Bentley (Hogan 48), Spence (Livings 58), Clark (Coker 55), Warner (Saunders 58), Purcell (Fairweather-Johnson 45), Marks (Peters 80).

Concord Rangers: Beasant, Smith (Clohessy 50), Hurford (Shaw 45), Blackman (Sims 70), Minshall (Hayes 50), Pollock, Sanderson, Wiggins (Knott 55), Nana, Neary (Midson 58), Awotwi (Green 55)

Unused subs: Moore, Sterling

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