Purcell double in vain as Urchins suffer defeat to Harrow

PUBLISHED: 09:48 13 November 2013 | UPDATED: 09:48 13 November 2013

There was frustration for George Purcell as despite his brace, Hornchurch fell to a 4-2 home defeat against Harrow Borough. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

There was frustration for George Purcell as despite his brace, Hornchurch fell to a 4-2 home defeat against Harrow Borough. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

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Ryman Premier: Hornchurch 2 Harrow Borough 4

An inept first half performance cost Hornchurch dear as they were defeated 4-2 at a frosty Bridge Avenue by Harrow Borough in the Ryman Premier.

Urchins had the chance to go top of the table with a win and despite George Purcell’s second half double, two late goals from Harrow substitutes Danny Leech and Simeon Akinola confined them to defeat.

It was an action packed start from both teams as Purcell had a shot inside the opening exchanges but he failed to get enough power on his effort and then minutes after that Harrow were awarded a penalty

Callum Willock beat the Urchins offside trap, with Alex Bentley playing him on, and beat Inigo Echepare to the ball to earn his team a spot kick.

Steve Butterworth took the responsibility and sent Echepare the wrong way to give the Reds the lead after just eight minutes.

Harrow weren’t content with that and soon doubled that lead with Hornchurch all at sea.

Rob Wolleaston burst forward and found Victor Osobu inside the box, he cut inside Rickie Hayles and despite several defenders being around managed to find the back of the net.

Harrow had numerous chances to grab a third but failed to take them and were nearly punished when Hayles headed May’s free-kick wide at the back post.

Hornchurch huffed and puffed for the remainder of the half but couldn’t create anything clear-cut, but they started the second period in inspired form.

And after just five minutes they had a goal back as although Purcell had slipped beforehand, he was still able to angle the ball into the bottom corner after good build up play between Sam Lechmere and Stefan Payne.

Then Chris Bourne was sent on in place of Tambeson Eyong and his corner was cleared out to Alex Bentley who chested past one player before volleying just over the bar.

The second corner from Bourne did fashion a goal and what a strike it was from the excellent Purcell.

The set piece was headed out to the forward on the edge of the area and he emphatically smashed the ball in to make it 2-2.

It was all Hornchurch now but Harrow had a great opportunity to take the lead when Hayles fouled Willock just outside the box.

Butterworth stepped up and dinked the ball over the wall but Echepare saved well.

Unfortunately from the resulting corner the ball fell kindly for substitute Leech and he poked past Echepare to give Harrow the lead once more.

Three minutes after that and the game was sewn up as the impressive Saheed Sankoh feed the ball into sub Simeon Akinola and he fired into the bottom corner to restore the Reds two goal lead.

Hornchurch were left with too little time to fashion another comeback and were made to pay for a substandard first half display.

They will look to bounce back on Saturday as they play host to second in the table Kingstonian.

Hornchurch: Echepare, Starkey, Bentley, Rainford, Hayles, Curley, Eyong (Bourne 65), May (Rook 71), Payne, Purcell, Lechmere (Bremner 81).

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