Bostik Premier: Burgess Hill Town 0 Hornchurch 3

PUBLISHED: 17:01 29 September 2018 | UPDATED: 17:01 29 September 2018

Nathan Cooper of Hornchurch (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Nathan Cooper of Hornchurch (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch extended their unbeaten start to the season to 11 matches in all competitions with success in Sussex.

Sean Marks  celebrates a goal for Hornchurch (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)Sean Marks celebrates a goal for Hornchurch (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

First-half goals from Nathan Cooper and Sean Marks set them on their way to a second Bostik League Premier Division win to add to six draws as they remained just outside the play-off places.

And the latest win came after FA Cup success over East Grinstead a week earlier, which earned them a trip to Hampton & Richmond Borough next Saturday.

The hosts had the first chance of note but sent a header from a corner wide on 10 minutes.

Urchins replied two minutes later as George Purcell cut inside and forced a save from Josh James, but the visitors were grateful to captain Nathan Cooper for some good defending at the other end when a dangerous cross was sent into the box.

Alex Bentlety deflected a Town shot over the crossbar on 20 minutes before Lewwis Spence forced James into action again with a good shot.

Sean Marks had a shot deflected behind from a Tobi Coker cross, but Urchins took the lead on the half-hour mark when a corner landed at Cooper’s feet and he fired a low shot on the turn into the corner of the net.

And Urchins doubled their lead seven minutes before the break when Jay Porter played a great ball in and Marks fired home.

Coker had a great chance to make it 3-0 before the break, but James produced an excellent save.

And Callum Chafer was alert to deny the home side a reply on the stroke of half time to complete a good opening 45 minutes for Jimmy McFarlane’s men.

Ben Pope sent a shot high over the crossbar for the Hillians six minutes after the restart, before Coker had another good chance for Urchins, but fired wide from Purcell’s cutback from the byline.

It was 3-0 on 63 minutes, though, as good interplay between Coker and Spence ended with the latter curling the ball around James and into the corner of the net.

And Spence went close to netting again six minutes later when, after a nice passing move, his 25-yard drive came back off a post.

Club record goalscorer Purcell made way for recent signing Nana Boakye-Yiadom in the closing stages, with Spence heading over from Bentley’s cross seven minutes from time.

Brad Warner curled a last-minute chance over following good work by Boakye-Yiadom, but Urchins returned home happy with Folkestone set to visit Bridge Avenue on Tuesday.

Hornchurch: Chafer, Bentley, Porter, Smith, Cooper, Clark, Warner, Spence, Marks (McKenzie 87), Purcell (Boakya-Yiadom 82), Coker (Saunders 89). Unused sub: Hursit.

Attendance: 368.

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