Bostik Premier: Hornchurch 4 Folkestone Invicta 1

PUBLISHED: 07:52 03 October 2018

Hornchurch striker George Purcell (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch striker George Purcell (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch extended their unbeaten start to the season to 12 matches in all competitions with success at Bridge Avenue on Tuesday.

Only eight minutes had been played when George Purcell put the hosts in front, sidefooting home from Tobi Coker’s right-wing cross.

Sean Marks headed wide from another Coker centre on the quarter-hour mark, then saw a good shot on the turn saved by Nicholas Shaw on 18 minutes.

But Urchins had to replace captain Nathan Cooper on 25 minutes due to injury, with Connor Hogan coming off the bench.

The visitors enjoyed a spell of pressure soon after as Hornchurch adjusted, with Jordan Clark dropping back into defence to allow Hogan to take up a midfield position.

And the move paid off as Hogan doubled the lead on 34 minutes, steering his shot wide of Shaw when a free-kick was fed into him.

Shaw produced a good save to deny Brad Warner’s curling effort after a good Hornchurch move shortly before the break.

But Coker was then booked and the hosts needed some excellent defending from Alex Bentley to thwart a Folkestone attack.

The second half was only two minutes old when Marks made it 3-0, heading home from Warner’s free-kick.

But Shaw made a smothering save to frustrate Coker, after a superb run by Purcell, before Callum Chafer was called upon to keep out Ian Draycott’s snap shot.

Urchins boss Jimmy McFarlane sent Leon McKenzie on for Marks with 20 minutes remaining and it proved an inspired change as the substitute claimed the fourth goal within two minutes, tapping in from Coker’s cross.

Shaw saved from Coker, who cut inside after collecting Jay Porter’s crossfield pass to fire goalwards, but the visitors grabbed a consolation seven minutes from time when Draycott tapped in a loose ball after Chafer’s superb save had denied Adam Yusuff.

It made little difference to Urchins, though, as they claimed their third league win of the campaign to move up to fifth in the table, ahead of their FA Cup third qualifying round trip to National League South outfit Hampton & Richmond Borough on Saturday.

Hornchurch: Chafer, Bentley, Porter, Smith, Cooper (Hogan 25), Clark, Warner, Spence, Marks (McKenzie 70), Purcell (Boakye-Yiadom 73), Coker. Unused subs: Hursit, Saunders.

Attendance: 203.

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