Late goals see Hornchurch win, Romford lose
PUBLISHED: 08:09 17 August 2016 | UPDATED: 08:09 17 August 2016
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Ryman North: Hornchurch 3 Haringey Boro 2; Waltham Abbey 1 Romford 0
A late header from captain Elliot Styles earned Hornchurch victory over Ryman North rivals Haringey Borough at Bridge Avenue last night.
But neighbours Romford, after their goalless draw with Urchins at the weekend, were left empty-handed at Waltham Abbey after conceding an 87th-minute winner to the home side.
Hornchurch saw Dave Collis and Ricky Freeman have early efforts, along with Haringey’s Dean Fenton, but the scoreline remained blank as the two sides cancelled each other out.
The visitors were forced into a change five minutes before the interval, with Greg Moore-MacDougall replacing the injured Anthony McDonald and had a let-off on the stroke of half time when Kenzer Lee’s header was cleared off the line.
Urchins boss Jimmy McFarlane sent David Knight on for Ricky Freeman during the break and saw his side break the deadlock on 55 minutes when Lee headed a corner across the face of goal for Styles to poke the ball home.
But Knight headed a good chance just wide after Collis had nodded the ball in and Styles was booked, before Haringey levelled on 68 minutes through Chris Benjamin.
Things got worse for the home side on 77 minutes when Haringey took the lead as Benjamin finished off a neat move to claim his second goal of the night.
But Urchins bounced back almost immediately to restore parity as Alex Bentley’s cross was headed goalwards by Nathan Cooper, who tucked home the rebound after Harry Palmer’s initial save.
Knight put another excellent chance wide with nine minutes remaining, but Hornchurch won it on 84 minutes when Styles timed his run at a corner to perfection to send a bullet header past Palmer and into the net for his second goal of the game.
McFarlane sent on late substitutes Abs Thompson and Leon McKenzie to help run down the clock and, although Jed Chouman was shown a yellow card, the home side held on to their lead through four minutes of stoppage time to make it four points from a possible six, ahead of their FA Cup preliminary round tie at Aveley on Friday.
Hornchurch: Mott, Chouman, Woodward (Thompson 87), Styles, Cooper, Da Cruz, Lee, Collis, Freeman (Knight 46), Purcell (McKenzie 89), Bentley. Unused subs: Coley, Hursit.
Romford travelled to Waltham Abbey’s Capershotts in good spirits after holding Hornchurch to a 0-0 draw at Ship Lane.
And the two sides produced a frantic start as they looked to get the upper hand, although the scoreline remained blank.
Paul Martin’s men had a chance to snatch a late lead with a one-on-one chance against Abbey keeper Antony Page, but could not take it, and saw the home side – managed by former Romford boss Paul Joynes – break upfield and claim all three points thanks to Romaric Logon.
Boro will look to bounce back when they welcome Essex Senior League side Hullbridge Sports to Ship Lane for an FA Cup preliminary round tie on Sunday, with a 1.30pm kick-off.
Romford: Wray, Boswell, Preston, Green (Manu 75), Potter, Toms, Adebayo, Thomas, Dicks, Ogboin (Taylor 64), McKenzie. Unused subs: Bankole, Tubey, Goldstone.