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Velocity Trophy: Basildon United 0 Hornchurch 1

PUBLISHED: 08:36 19 September 2018 | UPDATED: 08:36 19 September 2018

Brad Warner of Hornchurch gives the thumbs up (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Brad Warner of Hornchurch gives the thumbs up (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Brad Warner’s first-half goal was enough to send Hornchurch through to the second round of the Velocity Trophy on Tuesday night.

Unbeaten Urchins – having won one and drawn six of their Bostik League Premier Division matches to date – were made to work hard by their hosts, who showed plenty of resilience.

Tobi Coker had a first-minute shot saved by Connor Wheatley, before Kendall headed wide for Basildon.

And Theo Fairweather-Johnson pulled a shot wide, before Coker fired another chance over for the visitors.

The only goal arrived on 24 minutes when Warner sent a free-kick into the far corner of the net and he went close to a second from a corner, before Ruben Junior saw a shot blocked from another set-piece.

Callum Chafer saved a Kendall header before the break, while Nathan Cooper went close for Urchins after the restart and Junior saw a shot deflected behind.

Connor Hogan fired wide from Warner’s corner, before playing in Nathan Livings, who was also off-target.

Leon Smith went close with a header from another Warner corner on 64 minutes, before Warner sent a free-kick onto the roof of the net.

And Urchins were inches away from doubling their lead on 78 minutes when Dave Collis picked out Cooper, whose header hit the post.

Sean Marks replaced Junior and went close when lobbing Wheatley and seeing a defender clear off the line, then played in Jamie Hursit who saw a shot drift wide.

Marks was wide from Hogan’s cross in stoppage time and Coker broke as Basildon pressed, only to shoot wide of the mark.

Urchins had a late let-off when Mead’s shot looked destined for the top corner, but Chafer saved superbly.

Jimmy McFarlane’s men will now turn their attentions to their FA Cup second qualifying round tie on Saturday, when they host East Grinstead.

Hornchurch: Chafer, Collis (Hursit 81), Bentley, Smith, Cooper, Warner, Livings, Hogan, Fairweather-Johnson, Junior (Marks 78), Coker (Purcell 90). Unused subs: Spence, Clark.

Attendance: 120.

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