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HORNCHURCH 3 CHESHUNT 1

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Saturday 16-December-2017

HORNCHURCH 3  CHESHUNT 1

 

HFC - Mott, Bentley ©, Porter, Lee (Styles 36), Cooper, Oluwaitmilihin, Fanimo, Livings (Roberts 61), McKenzie, Purcell, Warner (Fairweather-Johnson 80)

Subs - Hursit, Chouman

 

CFC - Joseph, Clemo, Agholor, Lampe, Forrest, Ellesley, Kukoyi, Bruno, Hallett © (Kalu 79), Wallace (Haag 79), Roberts (Osei 69)

Subs - Brennan, O’Brien

 

Officials - Karl Sear with Mahdi Elhalawany and Ryan Smith

 

Scorers - McKenzie 11 (H) - Purcell 58 (H) - Purcell 73 (H) - Forrest 86 (CFC)

Bookings - Lee 17 (H) - Warner 30 (H)

Attendance 148

Duration 46.00 + 49.00

 

HORNCHURCH 3  CHESHUNT 1

 

There was one change to the team that lost at Canvey last week, Nathan Livings coming into the starting line up.

 

Hornchurch had early chances to open the scoring, Leon McKenzie and George Purcell having shots saved by Montel Joseph in the visiting goal.

 

Cheshunt offered little threat apart from a shot from Kyle Roberts that went wide of the target, and it was no surprise when Hornchurch took the lead on eleven minutes when Brad Warner played the ball to an overlapping Alex Bentley, whose centre found Leon McKenzie, who headed home at the far post.

 

Sam Mott had little to do as the home defence contained the threat of Jason Hallett up front, although Mott was called into action to save a long-range free kick that would otherwise have drifted under the bar and into the net. Hornchurch lost Kenzer Lee with an injury and Elliot Styles came on for his 523rd match for the Urchins, thereby equalling the record set up by Peter Goddard.

 

Joseph made an excellent save from Warner, who had moved onto a free kick from the left, and Joseph was called upon to save again five minutes later, this time from Purcell.

 

Hornchurch continued to come forward in the second half, although they were finding it difficult to penetrate the Cheshunt defence, with Jeramie Agholor and George Forrest outstanding, although six minutes into the second period McKenzie beat the defence but headed wide from an Olumide Oluwatimilihin centre.

 

Hornchurch pressure was rewarded when George Purcell volleyed home the second goal after the Cheshunt defence had failed to clear when the ball was played into the area from a throw in.

 

Purcell went close to increasing the lead when he moved on to a Jay Porter cross, but Joseph saved well, but the third goal followed when Matthias Fanimo played a long ball out to the right, for McKenzie, who moved along the line and crossed into the goalmouth. Joseph could only parry the ball, and George Purcell quickly followed up to score.

 

Fanimo was worrying the Cheshunt defence on the left side, and a good cross set up Brad Warner, but his shot was wide.

 

Cheshunt made three substitutions, but they rarely offered any threat to the home goal, until, four minutes from time, George Forrest took advantage of a misplaced pass out of defence, and he ran forward to fire a shot past Sam Mott for a consolation goal.

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Good result for the boys nice to see a passing game in the majority of the game. Also Heybridge drawing in the FAT game means another midweek game for them and their backlog piles up this can do us no harm.

Edited by Burdy

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We’ve got good options in midfield now and it’s showing in the performances. As for Heybridge, my maths isn’t the greatest but I think they need to win 8 and draw 1 from their 11 (eleven) games in hand to overtake us on goal difference. If they can do that then they deserve to go ahead. I think the threat will come from the other teams in the top 6 especially Bowers and Canvey . Still a long way to go, first task is top at Christmas and then go from there .

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Was good to get over to see the Urchins with a few friends, haven’t been for a while due to commitments but thoroughly enjoyed it and will aim to be there more frequently. I thought the football was excellent with a superb opening goal. Urchins, Urchins.....

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Great performance  - first goal was a picture - overall we deserved more - well played the urchins 

 

Also Sam Bantick (Swifts top scorer) has 'been released' by Heybridge - looks like he has taken a step up and signed for Tonbridge Angels

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As others have said here and during the game, we look a different side having a mobile midfield who can get the ball down and pass it as well as doing the hard yards.  We are much more fluid and play at a higher tempo.  Some really nice touches and passing movemnts yesterday and Sam has picked up the throwing it out habit rather than just launching it.  Good stuff.

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