Purcell treble inspires more Hornchurch success

PUBLISHED: 09:30 19 October 2015

George Purcell and David Knight are in great form for Hornchurch (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

George Purcell and David Knight are in great form for Hornchurch (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

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Ryman North: Wroxham 0 Hornchurch 4

George Purcell struck a hat-trick for Hornchurch at Wroxham on Saturday as they kept up their impressive form in the Ryman North by registering a routine victory.

Jimmy McFarlane’s men scored three times in the first half at Norfolk before adding one more in the second period to earn a 4-0 triumph.

It was their 10th success of the campaign and keeps them just four points behind league leaders Cray Wanderers with two matches in hand.

Purcell only needed nine minutes to get off the mark as he beat the offside trap and rounded Yachtsmen goalkeeper Elliot Pride to open the scoring.

Wroxham came back into the contest after that and the game was very even until a mistake by the hosts allowed David Knight to grab his 11th league goal of the season.

Charlie Norman and Pride were the culprits and Knight scored to make it 2-0 with 10 minutes left in the first half and give Urchins the key second.

Things went from bad to worst for the home side when Purcell lobbed Pride from outside the area with a minute remaining in the first period to make it 3-0 at the break.

McFarlane’s side were cruising and had further opportunities to extend their lead before they eventually did in the 66th minute.

Purcell stood over a free kick and smashed it into the top corner to seal his hat-trick and net his 16th strike of the league campaign.

That was how it finished as Urchins continued their fine form and they have now won their last six competitive matches.

Hornchurch: Mott, Chouman, Luke, Styles, Cooper, May (Dove 71), Thompson (Poku 75), Witherspoon, Knight, Purcell, Joseph (Coyne 61).

Unused substitutes: Smith, Baker.

Attendance: 162.

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