Bostik Premier: Hornchurch 2 Kingstonian 2
PUBLISHED: 16:59 08 December 2018 | UPDATED: 16:59 08 December 2018
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Hornchurch had to settle for a share of the spoils with Kingstonian are three late goals at Bridge Avenue.
The visitors broke the deadlock on the stroke of half time, but Urchins scored twice in five minutes late on through George Saunders and George Purcell and looked set for victory.
Ks hit back two minutes from time to ensure honours finished even, though, to deny new manager Mark Stimson a win in his first home league match in charge.
The visitors made a bright start, seeing an early free-kick blocked and Thomas Brewer dragging a shot wide.
But a good move on the left found Ronnie Winn and his cross picked out Saunders, whose effort hit the post and went behind.
Lewwis Spence shot just wide midway through the half, when Winn dummied a Saunders corner at the near post, but Ks then saw Delano Sam-Yorke fire high and wide on 33 minutes.
They were awarded a penalty two minutes later, but Callum Chafer produced a superb save to keep out the spot-kick from Louie Theophanous to keep the scoreline blank.
James Daly fired a good chance wide from 10 yards on 39 minutes, before Chafer tipped over Shaun McAuley’s long-range attempt.
But Purcell dragged a shot wide for Urchins before the visitors opened the scoring in stoppage time as a cross evaded Chafer at the far post and the ball was turned into the net by Theophanous.
The second half was nine minutes old when Saunders broke on the right and picked out Nana Boakye-Yiadom in the box, only for him to be denied by some good defending from Dean Inman.
And Winn’s flick-on from a free-kick on 64 minutes was just beyond Conor Hogan at the far post as Hornchurch were frustrated once more.
Hogan did manage to get on the end of a free-kick from Saunders five minutes later, but steered his shot wide of the target, while substitute Elliott Buchanan was high over the bar for Ks 13 minutes from time.
But Urchins levelled on 80 minutes when Saunders struck, firing home a shot on the turn when Jay Porter’s cross was cleared to him.
Ks went close to regaining the lead just three minutes later when Alfiee Doughty’s great ball into the box was just beyond Buchanan.
But the hosts got their noses in front on 85 minutes when substitute Theo Fairweather-Johnson played a superb ball through to Saunders and his first-time cross was superbly finished by Purcell.
Hornchurch’s joy was shortlived, though, as Ks were back on terms two minutes from time when a shot from distance was parried by Chafer and Daly tucked home the loose ball.
And neither side could find a winner during injury time as it ended all square, with Hornchurch at home again on Tuesday when Potters Bar Town are the visitors.
Hornchurch: Chafer, Bentley, Porter, Lee, Hogan, Clark, Saunders, Spence, Boakye-Yiadom (Fairweather-Johnson 82), Purcell, R Winn.
Unused subs: Hursit, G Winn.