Hornchurch show character in Enfield draw and Daggers win

PUBLISHED: 14:00 23 August 2018

Hornchurch defender Kenzer Lee is out injured (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch defender Kenzer Lee is out injured (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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There were times at Enfield last Saturday when we wondered how many the Town was going to clock up, as we withstood wave after wave of attacks, and to make matters worse, we lost Kenzer Lee with an arm injury.

The net result is that Kenzer has broken bones in his hand, and he is likely to be out of action for six weeks or more.

A few minutes after half time, as Kenzer was making his way towards the car park and the local hospital, Enfield scored their second goal of the match, and things were not looking good.

But all is not lost until the final whistle, and full credit to Jim McFarlane for making two inspired substitutions, in the shape of Theo Fairweather-Johnson and George Saunders.

It turned the game around and there was more than a glimmer of hope when Brad Warner sent a free kick crashing past the defensive wall and into the net.

Enfield were forced to defend, and with just two minutes of stoppage time left to play, Hornchurch launched another attack, this time along the right wing, where George Saunders left his marker trailing, and his perfect cross found Sean Marks ready and waiting to poke the ball home,

The home following was stunned into silence, in marked contrast to the obvious delight of our own supporters.

So it’s three matches now played, and we are still unbeaten. But we are not complaining.

Without a game in the midweek, Peter Taylor sent a very strong Dagenham & Redbridge side down to Bridge Avenue, giving some of his fringe players an opportunity to get a full 90-minutes run-out.

We did likewise, and it was a much-changed Hornchurch team that took the field on Tuesday night, with two trialists in our starting line up. Tobi Coker put Hornchurch ahead after four minutes, with an excellent chip over the Daggers goalkeeper, and for much of the first half it was one-way traffic.

Theo Fairweather-Johnson doubled our lead, after good work by Leon McKenzie, and it was McKenzie who made it three when he slotted home a penalty. Fairweather-Johnson was finding great gaps in the Daggers defence, and it was no surprise when he made it four nil.

Dagenham pulled a goal back on the stroke of half time, and, with changes to both sides, the second half was far more even.

Noel Leighton headed home for Dagenham, but Hornchurch weathered the storm to run out worthy 4-2 winners, the only worry being when Jordan Clark, who is likely to replace Kenzer Lee in the starting line up, limped off, with what is hopefully only a minor knock.

This Saturday we are at home to second-in-the-table Bognor Regis, who last week beat Folkestone by three goals to nil, and they are one of the teams strongly tipped to be in the play-offs.

And then on Bank Holiday Monday, we travel to Brightlingsea. They hold a mid-table position in the league and last week lost 3-0 at home to Margate.

Neither game is going to be easy, as there do not appear to be any weak teams in the division.

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