Hornchurch ended their Bostik league campaign with a relatively uneventful goalless draw at mid-table Lewes which left the Urchins in 15th place overall. Charlie Stimson had the best chance to claim all 3 points but Carey, in the home goal, was in fine form.
LEWES 0 HORNCHURCH 0
LFC – Carey – Pamment (Golding 72) – Banya – Day – Chappell – Freeman – Dome-Bemwin – Hammond – Pope (Adeyemo 63) – Reed (Blewden 59) – Coppola
Subs – Overton – Lawson
HFC – Chafer – Clark – Sutton – Winn G – Wilson – Christou – Saunders (Dutton 70) – Stimson – Marks – Purcell – Winn R
Sub – Dutton
Booking – Wilson 40 (H)
LEWES 0 HORNCHURCH 0
It’s not often that a team can select itself, but with only eleven senior players and one youth player available, it was not too difficult. No Alex Bentley, no Kenzer Lee, no Lewwis Spence, no James Goode.
Hornchurch had the first opportunity on five minutes, when the home defence was unable to clear a cross, the ball running loose to George Saunders, twenty yards out, but keeper Lewis Carey parried the shot.
Charlie Coppola made an opening for Lewes with a jinking run, and although his cross found Benjamin Pope, he was crowded out before he could shoot. Callum Chafer was then called upon to make a fine save, touching the ball over for a corner, with Glenn Wilson completing the clearance when the ball came over.
George Purcell tried a shot from 25 yards, but Carey was ideally positioned to save, and it was Purcell again when he sent over a cross that Charlie Stimson headed over.
With play swinging back and forth a Lewes corner was cleared by Wilson, the ball running to Stacey Freeman, who sidefooted his shot over.
Back at the other end where a Purcell shot took a deflection and looped its way goalwards, but Carey touched the ball over for a corner. Jordan Clark moved up for the corner and his header was well saved by an alert Carey.
Back upfield, and a good run by Charles Banya ended with a shot straight at Chafer.
On 33 minutes Stimson had a great chance to open the scoring but he skewed the ball wide from 12 yards.
The last chance of the half fell to Sean Marks, who poked the ball goalwards from six yards out, but Thomas Day managed to get a toe to the ball and turn it out for a corner, which came to nothing.
Half time – Lewes 0 Hornchurch 0
Two minutes into the second half, Saunders spun around past a defender, and his shot was tipped over by Carey. Purcell sent the corner across and Stimson headed over.
On 59 minutes Lewes made their first substitution when Luke Blewden replaced Harry Reed, and four minutes later Olajuwon Adeyemo replaced Benjamin Pope.
It was fairly quiet for a time, although on 65 minutes a speculative shot by James Freeman went straight to Chafer.
On 70 minutes Hornchurch used their one substitution, when Sonny Dutton came on for George Saunders. Two minutes later Dayshonne Golding replaced Kieron Pamment for Lewes.
Fifteen minutes to go, and Golding made a good run, crossing the ball to Adeyemo, who headed it back across the goal, but wide.
Adeyemo again went close three minutes later, his shot flying past the post.
Into the final minute and Lewes pressed forward, but Glenn Wilson came to the rescue, hacking the ball away after a goalmouth scramble.
Into stoppage time and a great chance for Stimson, with a free header eight yards out, only for Carey to make an excellent save.
FULL TIME – LEWES 0 HORNCHURCH 0