Bostik Premier: Hornchurch 1 Worthing 1
PUBLISHED: 21:53 17 November 2018
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Hornchurch picked up only a second point in six Bostik Premier outings with a hard fought draw against high-flying Worthing.
The cold grim weather had personified results in recent weeks, with Jimmy McFarlane’s side not managing a win since their 4-1 success over Folkestone at the start of October.
And they were hosting a Worthing side that had scored 14 goals in their last four league games and had only lost once in the competition this term.
The challenge was tough but Hornchurch looked lively and George Saunders hit the post within two minutes of the game starting after a series of good passes between the home side.
This was followed by an open quarter of an hour, in which striker Leon McKenzie headed wide for Hornchurch, while the hosts survived a goalline scramble in their box as Callum Chafer produced a world class double save from Isaac Newton.
With the tide firmly in the home side’s favour, they looked to capitalise and a shot from Conor Hogan went amiss before an excellently weighted ball from Jamie Hursit saw Theo Fairweather-Johnson register a shot down to the keeper’s left in which he was equal to.
Shortly after, top goalscorer George Purcell cut in from the right and tested Kleton Perntreou once again.
But Urchins opened the scoring when Purcell registered his 10th goal of the season, burying a shot into the top corner of the net on 43 minutes.
As half time approached, McKenzie was booked after a foul on one of the Worthing players.
But Hornchurch were once again right on the front foot as the second half got underway, with an interchange of passes between McKenzie and Purcell letting the latter free to unleash a shot, beating the keeper but not the post.
Worthing looked under pressure, which was highlighted when Pertreou was caught in possession by McKenzie, leading to a yellow card for the Worthing man.
Hogan was replaced by Bode Anidugbe on 71 minutes, but the visitors began to create more chances, with substitute Callum Kealy striding into the box and being brought down by McKenzie, forcing referee Tom Danaher to point to the spot.
Kealy blasted the visitors back on to level terms with nine minutes remaining but Hornchurch battled through the closing stages to earn a valiant draw against the promotion favorites.
Hornchurch: Chafer, Bentley, Porter, Hursit, Lee, Clark, Fairweather-Johnson (Marks 83), Hogan (Anidugbe 71), McKenzie, Purcell, Saunders. Unused subs: Smith, Boakye-Yiadom.