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Saturday 18-April-2015



HFC – Sam Mott – Danny Woodards – Billy Coyne – Elliot Styles © - Billy Roast – Frankie Curley – Tobi Joseph – Danny Johnson – Martin Tuohy– George Purcell – Joey May (Reece Beckles-Richards 80)

Subs – Thomas Gogo – Courtney Homans – Kieran Bishop – Callum Chafer


PT – Alieu Secko – Jon Marzetti – Dan Bolwell – Steve Metcalf – Ash Jones © - Dan McLaughlin – Sebastian Saunders (Jack McLean 70) – James Hammond (Maxime Agnoly 66) – Jordan Stubbing – Tom Burton – Jamie Brotherton (Wilfred Grimaud 59)


Officials –

Stephen Bates – two previous matches as referee and six on line

Craig Burton – no previous matches involving Hornchurch

Peter Cruise – two previous matches on line


Scorers – Purcell 34 (H) – Burton 74 (PT)

Bookings – McLaughlin 70 (PT) – Grimaud 86 (PT)

Attendance 236

Duration 46.03 + 50.43

Weather – 18 degrees, sunny, wind speed up to 15 mph





Peacehaven, without a goal in their last six league matches, rarely offered a threat in the fist half, although they had the first scoring opportunity when Jordan Stubbing’s shot was blocked in the second minute.


Hornchurch dominated the rest of the first period, and keeper Alieu Secko did well to hold a Martin Tuohy cross after George Purcell had sent the ball out to the left. Secko was again in action, saving from Purcell who had weaved his way through the middle.


Danny Johnson started a good move with a good pass to Tuohy, who drew the defender before touching the ball back to Purcell, who directed his shot a fraction too high and over the bar.


Secko then saved from Tuohy, at the expense of a corner, after good work by Purcell, who was causing considerable confusion in the visiting defence.


Peacehaven briefly came into the match as an attacking force, winning two corners, and going close when Stubbing headed over from a Dan Bolwell centre.


Tuohy ran on to a through pass, but was narrowly beaten to the ball by Secko, who collided heavily with Tuohy in the process.


Hornchurch took a deserved lead on 34 minutes, after Tuohy was fouled thirty yards out, and George Purcell crashed the free kick spectacularly through the defensive wall and into the net.


Shortly before half time a long throw by Billy Coyne found Tuohy, whose cross into the middle was met by Danny Woodards, who fired his shot inches wide of the post.


Hornchurch continued to come forward in the second half, and again went close with a Purcell free kick, which curved wide of the post in the first minute.


Hornchurch were then denied what seemed a clear-cut penalty for hand ball, before the visitors made a series of inspired substitutions – Maxime Agnoly, Jack McLean and Wilfred Grimaud came on and immediately the game took on a different pattern, with Hornchurch struggling to contain what became a steady wave of attacking moves.


Hornchurch briefly rallied, and Secko did well to punch away a well-flighted Joey May free kick, but most of the danger came at the other end, where Elliot Styles did well to tackle Grimaud who had moved forward at speed towards the home goal. And it was not a surprise when Tom Burton ran in from the left to level the score with a fine shot past Sam Mott.


Hornchurch came back quickly with a Purcell shot which was turned out for a corner, and when Frankie Curley headed powerfully home from May’s corner kick it was something of a surprise when the referee disallowed the goal.


Reece Beckles-Richards came on for Tobi Joseph, but made little impression, and Hornchurch defended two corners before Styles headed wide at the other end from a Billy Coyne long throw.


As the match moved into stoppage time Mott saved well from Jon Marzetti, and Peacehaven successfully defended another Purcell free kick.


A disappointing result which means that Hornchurch cannot now escape from the bottom four, whilst Peacehaven have a chance of avoiding relegation in their final match of the season.

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