Bostik Premier: Corinthian Casuals 1 Hornchurch 0
PUBLISHED: 17:10 13 October 2018
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Hornchurch suffered a third successive defeat in a week as they also saw their unbeaten run in the Bostik Premier Division come to an end.
Having lost in the FA Cup and Velocity Trophy over the past few days, Urchins succumbed to a late goal at King George’s Field on their return to league action on Non-League Day.
Callum Chafer was the first of the keepers called into action on six minutes to make a great save to deny the hosts.
George Purcell fired across the face of goal and just wide at the other end two minutes later, before Lewwis Spence forced Bradley Comins to make a save on 12 minutes.
Kenzer Lee and Chafer denied Casuals during a spell of pressure from the hosts, before Tobi Coker counter-attacked and worked himself into a position in the box only for Comins to save at his feet.
Purcell was given a chance just before the half-hour mark when a Casuals defender slipped, but his pass evaded team-mates and the striker then fired a free-kick into the defensive wall on 35 minutes.
Jordan Clark headed over from Brad Warner’s corner shortly before the break, with Purcell closed down by the home defence as the half ended goalless.
Casuals saw an effort curl wide two minutes after the restart, before Chafer made another good save on 50 minutes and Coker made way for George Saunders in the first substitution of the match.
And the home side began to gain the upper hand, forcing three corners in succession, before Warner was booked midway through the half, then netting on 79 minutes when Gabriel Odunaike capitalised on some poor defending and tapped in.
Jimmy McFarlane sent Nana Boakye-Yiadom and Theo Fairweatther-Johnson on for Sean Marks and Purcell for the closing stages in a bid to try and get back on terms.
And Clark headed wide from Warner’s corner in the last minute of normal time as Urchins came away empty-handed for the first time in the league this season.
McFarlane’s men return to Bridge Avenue to host Lewes on Tuesday.
Hornchurch: Chafer, Hursit, Porter, Bentley, Clark, Lee, Warner, Spence, Marks (Boakye-Yiadom 80), Purcell (Fairweather-Johnson 80), Coker (Saunders 55). Unused subs: McKenzie, Smith.