Pre-season: Hullbridge Sports 0 Hornchurch 1

PUBLISHED: 17:49 14 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:31 15 July 2018

The 2018/19 season is fast approaching (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

The 2018/19 season is fast approaching (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch got their pre-season friendly campaign off to a winning start at Essex Senior League side Hullbridge Sports.

George Purcell had an early free-kick, awarded for a foul on Tobi Coker, charged down, but the hosts saw Luke Hornsley drag a shot wide of Callum Chafer’s goal at the other end on 12 minutes.

Chafer had to save a difficult cross from Joe Pattison and Leon McKenzie had a good effort well held by Alfie Cobden midway through the first half before the big striker headed over from Jay Porter’s cross soon after.

Coker’s curling effort was saved by Cobden, before McKenzie’s run and cross evaded new signing Sean Marks at the far post.

But Chafer had to be alert to palm away a dangerous cross just before the break as the first half ended goalless.

Urchins made seven changes for the second half, with Chafer, Coker, Dave Collis and Lewwis Spence the only survivors from the opening 45 minutes.

And they got their noses in front within four minutes when Theo Fairweather-Johnson set up trialist Dumebi Dumaka, who tucked the ball home.

There were few other chances of note until late on when Fairweather-Johnson had a fierce shot skim the bar and Kenzer Lee had a header from a corner cleared off the line.

Paulius Ditkevicius was denied by the keeper and George Saunders saw two good crosses go begging, before Chafer made an excellent save at close range in the last minute.

But one goal was enough for Bostik Premier new boys Hornchurch, who welcome Concord Rangers to Bridge Avenue on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Hornchurch (first half): Chafer, Colliis, Porter, Cooper, Peters, Coker, Spence, Hogan, Marks, Purcell, McKenzie.

(second half): Chafer, Collis (trialist 75), Bentley, Clark, Lee, Coker (Ditkevicius 75), Livings, Warner, Spence (Saunders 52), Dumaka, Fairweather-Johnson.

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