Hornchurch thrash Romford to earn local bragging rights
PUBLISHED: 21:42 31 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:16 01 February 2018
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Bostik North: Romford 0 Hornchurch 6
A Theo Fairweather-Johnson hat-trick inspired Hornchurch to a comfortable 6-0 victory and earnt them the Havering bragging rights for the season.
The Urchins Bradley Warner, Leon McKenzie and Christian Assombalonga also netted to help them seal three points and extend their lead at the top of the Bostik North by 13 points, while Boro remain second from bottom, and just two above basement club Cheshunt.
The first chance came in the opening minute whn Urchins Bradley Warner drove down the left flank but fired wide of the post.
Five minutes later the visitors got their second chance of the match when George Purcell found his way round the Romford back line and fired from inside the box but James May comfortably held onto the ball.
They kept piling on the pressure and were in the 11th minute as Warner broke the left after being picked out by Nathan Livings, the attacker then made his way round Ayo Olukoga and threaded the ball to Fairweather-Johnson who tapped it in at the back post.
The visitors Sean Roberts was brought down in the 17th minute and were awarded a free-kick, which Jamie Hursit stepped up to take from 20 yards, but his shot was deflected wide for a corner.
Purcell then linked up nicely with left-back Jay Porter on the left before setting up Warner who fired home to double their lead from four yards in the 20th minute.
In the 26th minute Purcell tried his luck from long range but it went straight into the arms of keeper James May.
Romford finally got a chance of their own when Jonathan Nzengo curled a shot from distance just over the crossbar in the 32nd minute.
The hosts pressure didn’t last long and Hornchurch soon made it 0-3 as Fairweather-Johnson sloted home his second of the night as he pounced on a rebound after Warner picked out captain Elliot Styles with a free-kick, but his header was denied by May in the 40th minute.
A minute before half-time Fairweather-Johnson netted his hat-trick and gave his side a 0-4 lead when he broke through on goal and fired past May.
Romford got the first chance of the second-half in the opening minute as Olukoga drove a shot at goal but Mott got hold of it.
The visitors hit back in the 53th minute when a curling effort from Livings was tipped round the post for a corner, defender Kenzer Lee then failed to connect with the incoming corner.
Ten minutes late Nzengo fired a free-kick straight into the arms of Mott before substitute Josh Sykes headed just wide of the post just after.
Urchins substitute Leon McKenzie extender their lead even further when he finished a cross from fellow substitute Christian Assombalonga in the 75th minute.
A curling effort by Luke Hornsley looked dangerous in the 78th minute but Mott pulled off a stunning save and tipped it over for a corner which Sean Roberts cleared.
Substitute Assombalonga then made it six as he slotted home from close range as he went round the keeper after he was picked out by a long kick from keeper Mott in the 90th minute.
Romford: May, Olukoga, Cossington, Finneran, Mvemba, Tiranhu, Jeakins (N.Reynolds 46), Nzengo, Hammond (Sykes 46), Kyungu, Hornsley (Daly 87).
Unused subs: Reynolds and Atkinson.
Hornchurch: Mott, Hursit, Lee, Cooper, Porter, Styles, Roberts, Livings, Warner (Assombalonga 68), Fairweather-Johnson (McKenzie 61), Purcell (Joseph 70).
Unused subs: Bentley and Lambert.