Hornchurch prove their worth in FA Cup

PUBLISHED: 17:16 10 October 2015 | UPDATED: 17:16 10 October 2015

Hornchurch players celebrate a goal (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch players celebrate a goal (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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FA Cup: Worthing 1 Hornchurch 4

Hornchurch are just 90 minutes away from a place in the first round of the FA Cup after a well-deserved win in Sussex.

Tobi Joseph netted either side of the break to put Urchins 2-1 up, before late goals from strike duo George Purcell and David Knight gave the final scoreline some added gloss.

And, having banked another £7,500 in prize money, Hornchurch will now be hoping for a kind tie when the draw for the fourth qualifying round draw is made on Monday.

Dave Collis dragged an effort wide with only three minutes played, but Urchins did not have to wait much longer to open the scoring as Knight found Joseph in the box and he turned before scooping the ball past Rikki Banks from six yards.

Worthing player-manager Gary Elphick headed into the side netting from a Brannon O’Neill corner on 14 minutes, before Knight ran onto a long ball but saw his attempted lob comfortably saved by Banks.

But Urchins had a let-off on 26 minutes when Lloyd Dawes wriggled his way into the box and centred for Zack Newton, who could not turn the ball home.

The respite was brief, though, as Worthing were awarded a penalty moments later when Junior Luke was adjudged to have handled and O’Neill blasted the spot-kick straight down the middle to square matters.

Buoyed by their equaliser, the Ryman South Rebels began to gain the upper hand, with O’Neill picking out Elphick to nod down for Newton, whose shot was blocked on 37 minutes.

And Newton got sight of Sam Mott’s goal again soon after, following good work by Dawes on the right, but his shot was deflected wide this time.

It wasn’t all one-way traffic, though, and Purcell flashed an effort over the crossbar three minutes before the interval.

But then Worthing’s Harvey Sparks tried his luck from an acute angle and forced a good save from Mott.

Purcell drew an excellent save from Banks six minutes after the restart, but Newton forced Mott into action just before the hour mark after winning possession with a good tackle.

Purcell sent another effort wide from Knight’s pass before boss Jimmy McFarlane made his first change and replaced Harry Baker with Abs Thompson.

And Urchins went close again as Purcell and Joseph were denied by timely intervetions from Corey Heath and Elphick midway through the second half.

A Purcell free-kick flew narrowly wide on 70 minutes as the visitors remained on top and they regained the lead moments later when Joseph headed in a free-kick from Joey May.

Another May set-piece found Thompson soon after, but he sliced his volley wide of the mark and Worthing’s Dawes was off-target at the other end with 15 minutes remaining.

Worthing went close with five minutes left when Will Hendon nodded down Ryan Quirke’s cross for Omar Bugiel, but he fired straight at Mott, but Knight then had a chance to make it 3-1 only to shoot wide at the other end.

Urchins made sure with a minute of normal time left on the clock, though, as Purcell finally found the net for his 17th goal of the campaign as his shot proved too hot for Banks to handle.

It proved key too as Elliot Styles had to make a fantastic goalline clearance to deny Worthing a second goal as Quirke and O’Neill looked to scramble the ball home.

Knight netted a late fourth, slotting wide of Banks after running through, to send Hornchurch home happy with their cup dream still alive.

Hornchurch: Mott, Coyne, Luke, Styles, Chouman, May, Baker (Thompson 62), Collis, Knight, Purcell, Joseph. Unused subs: Poku, Smith, Dove, Ditkevicius, Chafer.

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