May day for Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 07:30 18 November 2015

Joey May of Hornchurch (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

Joey May of Hornchurch (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

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Ryman North: Cheshunt 1 Hornchurch 2

Joey May’s double helped Hornchurch record their second win in four days to pull to within four points of leaders Cray last night.

May struck twice in the second half for Urchins, after David Knight had netted a brace in their 2-1 win at Barkingside at the weekend, to leave them in second place and on the heels of the table-toppers, with three games in hand.

And Jimmy McFarlane’s men will look to maintain their momentum when they hit the road again this weekend to visit Brightlingsea Regent.

The visitors got an early sight of goal when May’s free-kick fell to Knight in the fourth minute, but Richard Hayward kept the striker’s shot out with a good save.

Hayward spilled a George Purcell effort on the quarter-hour mark, but was quick to recover and grab the loose ball as Knight looked to pounce.

And Sam Mott proved equal to Marcus Milner’s effort from a corner, after the Cheshunt striker had seen an earlier effort deflected over.

Milner turned provider on the half-hour mark to tee up Adam Bolle, who fired just wide, and Mott produced another good save on 37 minutes to deny Tom Bruno from a Cheshunt free-kick.

Knight sent a snapshot just over the crossbar four minutes before the interval and Urchins went close again on the stroke of half time when May’s corner picked out Paul Goodacre on his return to a Hornchurch shirt, but his header was wide of the mark.

Urchins had their best chance yet seven minutes after the restart as Elliot Styles and Knight combined to create an opportunity for Purcell, who dragged his shot wide.

And Knight was frustrated by another Hayward save from Luke’s cross, before the visitors finally broke the deadlock just before the hour when May curled a superb effort into the far corner.

Alex Bentley tried an audacious lob midway through the second half, but a stretching Hayward did enough to save.

And the Cheshunt keeper produced another excellent stop to keep out Bentley’s header from a Styles cross nine minutes from time.

But there was no denying May his and Hornchurch’s second goal of the night in the last minute of normal time as the midfielder drilled his shot wide of the keeper and into the net.

It proved a vital strike too as George Pullen hit back for the home side moments later to halve the deficit, but it proved only a consolation for Cheshunt.

Hornchurch: Mott, Coyne, Luke, Goodacre, Cooper, May, Chouman (Witherspoon 61) (Collis 78), Styles, Knight (Poku 86), Purcell, Bentley. Unused subs: McKenzie, Dove.

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