Bostik Premier: Hornchurch 0 Tonbridge Angels 2
PUBLISHED: 09:09 21 October 2018 | UPDATED: 09:09 21 October 2018
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Hornchurch slipped to their third successive Bostik Premier defeat and fifth loss in a row in all competitions on Saturday.
Having started the campaign with a 12-game unbeaten run, this was to be the Urchins toughest match of the league season so far as they took on leaders Tonbridge Angels.
And the match began as a bit of a stalemate in truth until the first real chance came in the 14th minute when Hornchurch forward George Purcell used his skill to beat two Tonbridge defenders and took a shot which went just wide of the post.
Moments later the home side came very close when Nana Boakye-Yiadom used a fantastic piece of skill to get to the byline and find Purcell whose effort rattled the crossbar.
Jimmy McFarlane’s men were creating many chances in the first half but failed to convert and the hosts were punished right on half time when Tonbridge forward Alex Read was brought down in the box.
Read coolly dispatched the penalty into the bottom left corner of Callum Chafer’s net to give the visitors a lead before the break and against the run of play.
Urchins knew they had to come out the better side after the restart if they were to get a result and Sean Marks saw a header cleared off the line from a floated free kick.
Star man Purcell was trying to create an opening for the hosts after coming so close in the first half, but Tonbridge were defending well and looked very organised in the second half.
The visitors had a questionable penalty appeal after some poor defending from Urchins resulted in Tonbridge playmaker Thomas Whitnell going down in the area, but fortunately for Hornchurch nothing was given.
The second half became very frustrating for the home side, which resulted in the sending off of midfielder Connor Hogan after a late challenge, his second bookable offence.
That made things worse for Urchins as they chased the game and, after a painful and frustrating spell for McFarlane’s men, the visitors sealed the game when substitute Jared Small used his pace to deliver the ball for Read who grabbed his second goal of the match.
Hornchurch will hope to end their losing run when they travel to Margate on Tuesday.
Hornchurch: Chafer, Bentley, Porter, Lee, Clark (Smith 65), Hogan, Warner (Coker 74), Spence, Marks (McKenzie 80), Purcell, Boakye-Yiadom. Unused subs: Fairweather-Johnson, Hursit.