Hornchurch secured their Bostik Premier status for next season with a well earned 3-2 win at Kingstonian. Lewwis Spence, Ronnie Winn and a James Richmond own goal were on target for the Urchins.
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KFC – Tolfrey, Muleba, O’Halloran, Richmond (Can 71), Yakubu, Inman, Jacquart (Chambers 79), Lamont, Dixon, Sam-Yorke, Egan
Subs – Minhas, Coleman
HFC – Chafer, Bentley © (Winn G 79), Sutton, Lee, Wilson, Christou, Saunders, Spence, Stimson, Purcell (Marks 90+1), Winn R (Dutton 73)
Scorers – Sam-Yorke 45 (pen) (KFC) – Spence 45+2 (H) – Winn R 46 (H) – Richmond 48 (own goal) (H) – Sam-Yorke 81 (KFC)
Bookings – Christou 61 (H) – Spence 90 (H)
Duration 47.00 + 48.00
Played at Corinthian-Casuals FC
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Hornchurch could only name three substitutes, though the good news was that Lewwis Spence was back into the starting line up.
After their dismal display against Whitehawk seven days earlier, Hornchurch started off powerfully, and forced the home side to defend for long periods, but without any luck in front of goal.
With just two minutes on the clock, a shot from Ronnie Winn drifted wide, and when Alex Bentley played the ball through to George Purcell, his lobbed shot beat Rob Tolfrey, only to go wide of the target.
Eleven minutes gone, and Tolfrey was again called into action, saving from Spence, and although Tolfrey was beaten a minute later, this time from a Charlie Stimson lob, the ball came back off the bar and was cleared. George Saunders then fired in a shot from the right wing which caught Tolfrey by surprise, the ball cannoning off the post..
Ks had little choice other than to defend, and on 17 minutes, Saunders went to the by-line and pulled the ball back to Stimson. His shot beat the overworked Tolfrey but James Richmond was able to clear off the line.
It was not until 26 minutes had elapsed before the Ks posed a threat, when Aaron Lamont took a free kick from twenty yards out, and the ball was fired straight into the wall.
On the half hour a corner was played short to Bentley, who swung the ball into the middle, where Stimson, eight yards out, and unmarked, could only direct his header over the bar.
Ks came more into the game and an Alfie Egan shot was deflected out for a corner, which Bentley cleared.
Four minutes from the interval, it was Tolfrey again to the rescue, tipping a Stimson shot over the Bar. Saunders sent the corner over and Yakubu cleared.
Sam-Yorke was in action two minutes later, with Callum Chafer saving his shot. But one big failing this season has been the number of late first half goals conceded, and this happened yet again when Delano Sam-Yorke converted a penalty to give the Ks the lead. 1-0.
Was there no justice, after Hornchurch had so dominated the half?
Yes, there was. With two minutes signalled for stoppages, Ronnie Winn made the opening, and he squared the ball to Lewwis Spence, who calmly sidefooted home. 1-1.
Half time – Kingstonian 1 Hornchurch 1
The second half had been underway for just one minute when Ronnie Winn took possession 20 yards out and he drilled the ball low into the corner past Tolfrey, 1-2.
And on 48 minutes two became three when George Saunders sent the ball over from the right and James Richmond could only deflect it into his own net. 1-3.
Chase Jacquart had a chance to pull a goal back on 56 minutes but his header was too high and over the bar. Play switched to the other end, where a Remi Sutton shot from 25 yards went wide.
On 59 minutes Joe Christou sent the ball through to Purcell, but he fired his shot over the bar. And two minutes later Christou became the first player to be booked.
Hornchurch continued to press, with Spence curling a shot narrowly wide from twenty yards.
The first substitution of the match came when Gokhan Can replaced James Richmond with just over twenty minutes left, and shortly afterwards Sonny Dutton came on for Ronnie Winn.
Chase Jacquart was replaced by Leo Chambers and Alex Bentley was replaced by George Winn.
With nine minutes left, Ks pulled a goal back when Delano Sam-Yorke headed home from a cross. 2-3.
As the match went into stoppage time, Lewwis Spence was shown a yellow card, and Sean Marks came on for the non-stop George Purcell.
But Hornchurch comfortably played out the remaining minutes to gain a much-needed and much-deserved three points, which now means they cannot finish in the bottom three.
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