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Lewes 0-0 AFC Hornchurch

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.

Saturday 27-April-2019


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)

Attendance 611


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.


AFC Hornchurch 3-0 Harlow Town

Hornchurch completed their home league programme with a convincing 3-0 win at home to bottom of the table Harlow Town, with Kenzer Lee scoring a brace and Sean Marks adding the third.

Monday 22-April-2019

HFC – Chafer, Clark, Sutton, Winn G, Lee, Christou (Glenister 86), Saunders (Dutton 79), Spence ©, Marks, Purcell, Winn R
Subs – Stimson, Wilson

HT – Bexon, Udoji, Gregan, Urquhart, Hastings, Simms, Hitchcock, Davies, Foy, Adu Gyamfi (Hackney 66), Kissi
Subs – Moanda, Uade, Yorke

Scorer – Lee 42 – Lee 61 – Marks 64

Bookings – Marks 37 (H) – Simms 72 (HT) – Christou 76 (H)

Attendance 269

Duration 47.00 +


A bright and sunny day, with the temperature at 24 degrees, and the final home match for AFC Hornchurch, soon to become Hornchurch FC once again.

Harlow had the better of the early possession, though without being able to penetrate the home defence.

A Saunders header and a volley from Lewwis Spence, captain for the day in the absence of Alex Bentley, both went wide of the target, as Hornchurch began to find their rhythm.

Josh Bexon, in the visiting goal, was called upon to make the first save, fielding a shot from George Saunders from 25 yards out, the ball going straight into the arms of the keeper.

George Purcell, cutting in from the right, had a good chance to open the score, but his shot was too high and over.

On 24 minutes Purcell played the ball wide to Ronnie Winn, who controlled the ball and glided it under Bexon, but Taylor Hastings came back to clear off the line.

Harlow had a chance to open the scoring on 34 minutes when a long throw into the goalmouth was only cleared as far as Tom Hitchcock, but his hurried shot was scooped over the bar.

Sean Marks was shown a yellow card on 37 minutes, and a minute later Harlow had a good chance, when a free kick was lobbed into the area, and the ball fell to Hitchcock, but he dragged his shot wide.

Harlow’s hopes of avoiding relegation took a massive blow on 42 minutes. Saunders won a corner, Purcell floated the ball into the middle, and Kenzer Lee sent a bullet-like header into the net, for his first goal for thirteen months. 1-0.

As the half drew to a close, Saunders again opened up the visiting defence with a speedy run, and he crossed to Purcell, who was just wide with the shot.

Half time – Hornchurch 1 Harlow Town 0

Harlow had the first attempt of the second half, with Matthew Foy going close, curling his shot over the bar.

On 50 minutes Callum Chafer, the only player to be ever-present, had played 5,000 minutes, and seven minutes later he saved well from Foy, who had fired his shot from a narrow angle.

On the hour mark, Purcell sent the ball over into the middle and Hastings headed over his own bar for a corner. Saunders sent the ball over, Marks headed goalwards, and Kenzer Lee, after waiting thirteen months to score, turned it into the net, for his second goal in twenty minutes. 2-0.

Three minutes later, Ronnie Winn won possession in the middle, and then played wide to Purcell, who crossed for Sean Marks to sidefoot home. 3-0.

Harlow made their first substitution, when Reece Hackney replacing Christian Adu Gyamfi.

On 70 minutes, a scuffed clearance by Bexon fell to Spence, 40 yards out. He tried to lob the keeper but the ball went narrowly wide. Purcell then collected a good pass from Saunders, but his shot went just over the bar as Hornchurch continued to dominate.

Fabian Simms became the first Harlow player to go into the book a minute later, and on 76 minutes Joe Christou was also yellow carded.

With just over ten minutes left, Sonny Dutton replaced George Saunders and on 86 minutes Jack Glenister made his first team debut, replacing Joe Christou.

There was no further scoring, with Harlow now unable to save themselves from relegation.


Kingstonian 2-3 AFC Hornchurch

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.

Saturday 20-April-2019

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)
Subs –

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)

Attendance 298

Duration 47.00 + 48.00

Played at Corinthian-Casuals FC


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.


AFC Hornchurch 1-2 Whitehawk

Hornchurch are now without a win in their last 5 fixtures following a 2-1 reverse against relegation threatened Whitehawk.

Saturday 13-April-2019

HFC – Chafer, Bentley ©, Sutton, Lee, Wilson, Clark (Dutton 89), Saunders, Christou, Marks (Stimson 76), Purcell, Winn R
Subs – Winn G, Goode

WFC – Minter, Walsh, Muggeridge, Unwin (Emberson 84), Ambroisine, Goode, Rodrigues, Kissock, Pinney (Fraser 90+2, Marsh-Brown (Amoo HT), Ovenden
Subs – Christie, Tighe

Scorer – Rodrigues 45 (W) – Walsh 60 (W) – Christou 75 (H)

Bookings – Sutton 16 (H) – Muggeridge 69 (W) – Unwin 79 (W) – Minter 83 (W) – Pinney 90+1 (W)

Attendance 228

Duration 46.00 + 50.00


Whitehawk had the better of the opening few minutes, with a free kick out on the right falling to Lucas Rodrigues, his shot being cleared by Alex Bentley.

With Whitehawk continuing to come forward, good play by Ky Marsh-Brown led to a corner. Henry Muggeridge sent the kick over and it found Fintan Walsh, whose header was tipped over by Callum Chafer.

Remi Sutton became the first to go into the book for a foul on Rodrigues on 16 minutes.

A minute later Hornchurch had their first opportunity of the match, when a George Purcell shot was charged down by Lewis Unwin.

The action switched back to the other end, where a Whitehawk corner fell to Kenzer Lee, who sprinted forward, exchanged a one two with Purcell and crossed, the ball just eluding Sean Marks.

On 22 minutes George Saunders set off on a speedy run, leaving the defender trailing, but keeper Melvin Minter came out quickly to block the shot.

Sean Marks did well to win the ball inside the area and he played it back to Jordan Clark, who fired over the bar from twenty yards, and Hornchurch applied more pressure, when a snapshot from Purcell went wide of the target.

For much of the season Hornchurch have been prone to conceding a goal in the last few minutes of the half, and it happened yet again, when, on 45 minutes the ball was played down the right to Lucas Rodrigues, who beat Chafer from a narrow angle. 0-1.

One minute was indicated for stoppages, during which time Minter tipped over a Purcell shot, and the corner, from Saunders, was cleared.

Half time – Hornchurch 0 Whitehawk 1

Whitehawk made one change at the interval, Jerry Amoo replacing Ky Marsh-Brown.

After a quiet opening quarter hour, Whitehawk went further ahead, when Fintan Walsh headed home from a corner. 0-2.

It was not until the 66th minute that Hornchurch could offer any threat to the visiting goal, when Ronnie Winn had a good chance but sent his shot wide from twenty yards out.

Henry Muggeridge became the second player to pick up a yellow card, on 69 minutes.

With the minutes ticking away, and relegation beginning to look too much of a threat, Hornchurch pulled a goal back with fifteen minutes left. George Saunders sent the ball over from a corner and the ball dropped to Joe Christou to sidefoot home. 1-2.

Manager Mark Stimson made his first change, when Charlie Stimson replaced Sean Marks, and Lewis Unwin became the second visiting player to be shown a yellow card three minutes later, for a foul on Purcell. Kelvin Minter followed him into the book four minutes later.

With six minutes left, Whitehawk had a good chance to increase their lead through Jerry Amoo, but his shot went straight into the arms of Callum Chafer. Luke Emberson then replaced Lewis Unwin.

With three minutes to go Minter made an excellent save from Purcell, and with one minute remaining, Sonny Dutton came on for Jordan Clark.

With five minutes added on for stoppages, Daniel Pinney went into the book as Whitehawk clung on desperately to their lead, and he was promptly replaced by James Fraser, and Whitehawk held on to take three points, leaving Hornchurch too close to the drop zone for comfort, just six points clear with three matches to go.


AFC Hornchurch 0-2 Enfield Town

Two goals midway through the second half ensured it was Enfield Town who lifted the Velocity Trophy on a cold April evening at Aveley’s Parkside stadium.

Wednesday 10-April-2019 – Isthmian League Cup Final – at Aveley FC


HFC – Chafer, Bentley ©, Winn R, Lee, Wilson, Clark, Saunders, Christou, Marks (Dutton 75), Purcell, Stimson
Subs – Winn G, Goode, Wright

ET – Wright, Parcell, Payne, Johnson, Hatton, Rumens, Chaney (Mulley 83), Youngs, Bricknell, Davison (Savoud 87), Taafe (Greene 90)
Subs – Quarrington-Carter, Thompson

Scorers – Davison 57 – Chaney 65

Bookings – Parcell 3 (ET) – Chaney 66 (ET) – Hatton 80 (ET)

Attendance 617


Mark Stimson named a strong squad with only Remi Sutton, who was cup-tied, and Lewwis Spence, unavailable, missing from the starting 11.

After a third minute booking for Mickey Parcell, both sides had early chances. A shot from Joe Christou went wide, and a Lewis Taafe shot met the same fate, and Kenzer Lee then headed wide as play swung back to the other end.

Play remained confined to midfield until, on 21 minutes, Callum Chafer made an excellent save to turn a near post header around for a corner, but otherwise chances were few and far between.

Joe Wright in the Enfield goal saved from George Purcell, and on 25 minutes Taafe sent in a shot from just inside the area, but over the bar. Davison then charged down Chafer’s attempted clearance, but Chafer recovered to make the save.

On the half hour George Saunders moved along the wing and although his cross found Jordan Clark, the shot was blocked by Youngs. Within a minute Purcell had a shot that drifted wide of the post.

Ten minutes from the interval a Sam Chaney shot went into the arms of Chafer, and there were no other opportunities at either end before half time.

Half Time – Hornchurch 0 Enfield Town 0

Two minutes into the second period a Purcell shot was partially blocked by Joseph Payne, and Wright collected the loose ball.

Billy Bricknell, after a fairly quiet first half, had a snapshot at goal but Chafer was ideally placed to save.

On 51 minutes Saunders surged past Payne, and sent in a shot from a narrow angle, but over the bar.

Parcell then made tracks down the right and crossed for Sam Youngs but he volleyed the best chance of the game wide from six yards out. But Enfield didn’t have long to wait. Another Parcell run and cross found Davison ideally placed in the centre to finish past Chafer. 0-1.

Sean Marks had a goal ruled out for an infringement before Saunders, a constant danger to the opposing defence, sent an excellent ball across the face of the goal, which Sean Marks sidefooted wide from inside the 6 yard box.

Enfield doubled their lead on 65 minutes when Sam Chaney surged forward and fired his shot past Chafer and into the net. 0-2.

Hornchurch came back, and four minutes later, Wright made a good save from Marks.

Back at the other end Chafer tipped over a shot from Bricknell. Glenn Wilson headed the corner behind for a second corner, which was cleared upfield.

With fifteen minutes left to play manager Mark Stimson sent on Sonny Dutton in place of Sean Marks.

Sam Hatton became the next Enfield player to get a yellow card, and a minute later a Saunders cross was headed wide by Charlie Stimson.

On 83 minutes James Mulley replaced Sam Chaney for Enfield, and on 87 minutes Ilal Sayoud replaced Joshua Davison.

In the final minute of normal time, Enfield had a free kick from twenty yards out, but it was straight into the wall, and cleared. Enfield then used their final substitution, when Aaron Greene replaced Lewis Taafe.



AFC Hornchurch 2-2 Haringey Borough

Sonny Dutton’s last gasp equaliser gave the Urchins a well earned 2-2 draw against promotion chasing Haringey Borough.

Saturday 06-April-2019

HFC – Chafer, Clark, Sutton, Winn G, Lee, Christou, Saunders, Spence ©, Stimson (Marks 64), Purcell, Winn R (Dutton 89)
Subs – Glenister, Bentley, Wright

HB – Pajetet, Richards, Olufemi, Mitchell, Kirby, Rowe, Della-Verde (Barker 72) Djassi-Sambu, Akinwande (McDonald 85), Oyenuga (Staunton 73), Nouble
Subs – Aresti, Jackson

Officials – Stuart Cheek with Tom Cartwright and Gary Connell

Scorers – Clark 20 (og) (HB) – Rowe 51 (HB) – Spence 62 (H) – Dutton 90+4 (H)

Bookings – Rowe 43 (HB) – Lee 79 (H)

Attendance 277

Duration 47.00 + 51.00


A few surprises when the team sheet was issued – no Glenn Wilson, no James Goode and Alex Bentley on the bench.

Haringey, at one time top of the table, have dropped away from leaders Dorking Wanderers, but were hoping to remain in second place and secure a home game in the play-offs.

At Haringey in November Hornchurch had been overwhelmed, and this afternoon we were hoping to find out just how much we had improved since that very forgettable weekend, when we also had manager Jim McFarlane resigning after over 500 games in charge.

It was a quiet opening period, with Hornchurch having slightly more of the possession, and the first chance came on 14 minutes when a loose ball ran out to Ronnie Winn, who avoided a challenge but was tackled by Coby Rowe as he was about to shoot. The ball ran loose to Charlie Stimson, and his first time shot was deflected for a corner, which Mark Kirby headed away.

At the other end a Haringey corner was cleared to Karl Akinwande, but his shot drifted wide of the post.

When you are in a winning team, and on a winning run, things tend to go in your favour, and this was the case when Haringey took the lead on 20 minutes. Kudus Oyenuga sent the ball over from the right, and Jordan Clark was unfortunate to turn the ball past Callum Chafer and into the net. 0-1.

Hornchurch came back, and five minutes later Joe Christou was fouled, and George Saunders curled the free kick around the wall, but Valery Pajetet turned the shot around the post. George Purcell took the corner, and Rowe cleared the ball upfield.

Haringey went close when Lyle Della-Verde sent a free kick over and Mark Kirby headed wide.

With half time approaching, Haringey survived a scramble in front of goal, with Rowe blocking a shot from Spence. Two minutes later Rowe attracted the attention of the referee, earning himself a yellow card for a foul on Remi Sutton.

With a minute of normal time left, Pajetet came to Haringey’s rescue when he tipped over a hard shot from Saunders.

Half time – Hornchurch 0 Haringey Borough 1

In a lively start to the second half, an early shot from long range by Rowe was just over the bar, with Hornchurch going back upfield, where Saunders swung a corner over, the ball falling to Purcell, but he skewed his shot wide.

Hornchurch kept up the pressure with Purcell turning sharply twenty yards out, only to send his shot wide of the mark.

On 51 minutes Hornchurch conceded a free kick on the edge of the area and Coby Rowe curled the ball into the top corner of the net. 0-2.

On the hour a shot from Karl Akinwande went straight into the arms of Chafer, and a minute later, with the ball played upfield, Ronnie Winn worked himself into some space on the left and crossed into the middle, where Lewwis Spence celebrated being captain for the first time by neatly slotting the ball past Pajetet. 1-2.

Two minutes later Pajetet was again called upon, this time to save a long range shot from Christou, and on 64 minutes manager Mark Stimson brought on Sean Marks for Charlie Stimson.

Haringey made two substitutions in a minute, Charley Barker replaced Lyle Della-Verde and Joseph Staunton replaced Kudus Oyenuga.

George Saunders, back in the starting line up after a lengthy spell on the sidelines with injury, continued to torment the visiting defence, with a well flighted cross, with Sean Marks getting in a header that was deflected for corner, which the Haringey defence was happy to clear upfield.

Kenzer Lee became the second player to go into the referee’s notebook, on 79 minutes. On 85 minutes, Anthony McDonald replaced Karl Akinwande, and with three minutes left a Saunders free kick drifted wide of the post.

Sonny Dutton came on for Ronnie Winn with a minute left, and, with four minutes signalled for stoppages, Hornchurch piled on the pressure, with a volley from Sutton being deflected over for a corner. Over came the ball, and, with excitement at fever pitch, Sonny Dutton crashed the ball home from six yards out, setting up scenes of near hysteria on the terraces. 2-2.