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Hornchurch progress in Velocity Trophy with Chipstead victory

PUBLISHED: 08:33 28 November 2018 | UPDATED: 08:33 28 November 2018

Hornchurch striker George Purcell (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch striker George Purcell (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Velocity Trophy: AFC Hornchurch 3 Chipstead 0

Hornchurch progressed into the quarter-finals of the Velocity Trophy with a 3-0 victory against Bostik South Central side Chipstead.

A brace from George Purcell and another from Leon McKenzie helped inspire the Urchins to their third round tie win at Bridge Avenue.

They went into the match for the first time since 2009 without Jimmy McFarlane at the helm – Colin McBride coming back into the hot seat on a temporary basis.

The first real chance of the match came when midfielder Lewwis Spence played the ball into space on the right flank, George Saunders got on the end of it with his pace, tried to cross but it went across the goal and out for a goal kick.

Shortly after the visitors Sam Bell looked to break clear, but Leon Smith slid in and cleared the danger inside his own box.

In the ninth minute Saunders looked to shoot after a good link-up play between George Purcell and Spence – but it eventually goes out for a corner.

Saunders then played the corner short for Purcell, who cut in and fired the ball into the net from 15 yards to give his side a 1-0 lead.

Striker Leon McKenzie cut back on the edge of the box and drilled the ball into the net to double his side’s lead to make it 2-0 in the 15th minute.

Three minutes later Purcell almost nabbed his second of the match as he rocketed a shot off the right post after driving up the middle of the pitch.

McKenzie tucked away the rebound but the lines man has his flag up for offside.

Urchins then went close once again as McKenzie broke clear, fired the ball past goalkeeper Callum Hodgson, but his effort hit the post.

In the 36th minute Chipstead’s Samuel Clayton stepped up to take a free-kick on the edge of the box.

The attacker curled it over the wall but nothing came of it and it was cleared down the pitch.

The loose ball eventually found Saunders, who skipped past defender Dean Hamlin, before he looked to play it inside for Marks but it was picked off.

Chipstead got another chance as Daniel Moody half-volleyed an effort over the bar after Izzy Bademosi worked his socks off to win the ball and send in a cross.

Then just before half-time McKenzie hit the post again as he rose up and headed the ball inside the box.

The second-half started and it wasn’t long until Saunders raced down the left, whipped in ball, but it went just too far for Marks.

Chipstead had a chance at the back post in the 52nd minute before the Urchins broke clear, with substitute Nathan Livings played it out to the left for Purcell then run into the box and tried to volley it inside the box.

Purcell grabbed his second of the evening in the 59th minute when he fired the ball into the bottom right corner to make it 3-0.

The visitors Jake Robinson then created space in the midfield, run forward but shot high over the bar.

In the 82nd minute Theo Fairweather-Johnson finally ejected his pace into the match 15 minutes after coming on as he twisted and turned before letting fly. His effort was deflected out for a corner.

Chipstead then rushed up the pitch with Jacob Sewell trying his luck from range but Callum Chafer denied his shot.

In the dying stages Fairweather-Johnson drilled a shot across goal, Marks almost get his foot to it, but it went wide.

AFC Hornchurch: Chafer, Hursit, Smith (Livings 46), Bentley, Porter, Clark, Spence (Hogan 77), Saunders, Purcell, McKenzie (Fairweather-Johnson 67), Marks.

Chipstead: Hodgson, Warren, Elliott, Hamlin, Stanic-Stewart, Oaks, Bell (Sewell 53), Robinson, Bademosi (Thornton 68), Clayton (Hope 68), Moody.

Unused subs: Carney.

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