Friendly: Hornchurch 1 Chelmsford City 3

PUBLISHED: 09:00 12 September 2018

Lewwis Spence of Hornchurch (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Lewwis Spence of Hornchurch (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch suffered a 3-1 defeat in a friendly against National League South outfit Chelmsford City.

Goals from Taylor Miles, Shaun Batt and a trialist sealed the victory for Rod Stringer’s side despite a consolation goal from an Urchins trialist at Bridge Avenue.

The hosts got off to a strong start and in the third minute midfielder Tobi Coker curled a shot over the bar.

Chelmsford then had a few chances of their own in the next ten minutes along with Hornchurch having a few more.

In the 28th minute the clarets striker Shaun Batt overlapped a team-mate, received the ball, and fired a shot in on goalkeeper Callum Chafer but it was comfortably held.

Seven minutes later the visitors took the lead as Taylor Miles drilled a free-kick from the edge of the box into the bottom right corner after Batt was pulled down by Connor Hogan.

Batt then let fly but once again his shot went over the bar and it was 1-0 Chelmsford at half-time.

Three minutes into the second-half midfielder Lewwis Spence broke through the middle of the Chelmsford defence and sent a shot wide.

In the 49th minute Hornchurch were awarded a penalty and the trialist slotted it into the bottom right to level the score.

The hosts then piled the pressure on with Ruben Junior breaking clear down the right flank but it didn’t trouble the keeper Patrick Ohman.

Chelmsford then was reduced to 10-men in the 54th minute but in the 62nd minute were awarded a penalty thanks to a Hogan handball.

Batt stepped-up and sent Chafer the wrong way with his effort to make 2-1 to his side.

Keeper Callum Chafer then had to pull off a strong save to push clear Jonny Giles long range effort in the 82nd minute.

With two minutes left Chelmsford were awarded another penalty and a trialist dispatched his shot into the bottom right to make it 3-1 despite Chafer going the right way.

Hornchurch: Chafer, Hursit, Smith, Hogan, Collis, Spence (Trialist 56), Coker, Trialist, Trialist, Fairweather-Johnson, Smith.

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