Pre-Season Friendly: Thurrock 1 AFC Hornchurch 2

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Ryman Premier side AFC Hornchurch beat Thurrock 2-1 with two second half goals in a pre-season friendly at Ship Lane.

Junior Luke slotted the first on the hour mark, Charlie Stimson’s curling equaliser put Thurrock on terms but Martin Tuohy nicked the winner 11 minutes from time.

Hornchurch had the majority of the opening exchanges keeping the ball and made Thurrock chase the ball in the ‘tropical’ conditions.

The home side had the first chance seven minutes in as Charlie Stimson’s flick on gave Lamar Reynolds an opportunity to turn his marker, he burst in to the box and his snap shot was turned over by Same Mott.

The visitors were awarded a soft penalty 12 minutes in after Rob Gilman brought down Marshall-Katung but George Purcell’s penalty rebounded off the post, which was justice in the Thurrock supporter’s eyes.

A ball put down the channel was picked up by work-horse Stimson who put the ball in for Brad Warner but Mott just beat him to it.

Captain Lewwis Spence almost put the ‘The Fleet’ in front 37 minutes in as Spence’s free-kick was hit low and hard to Mott’s left post but was equal to it.

Hornchurch nearly caught Thurrock napping four minutes in to the second half, as a lofted ball straight down the middle put Purcell in on goal but Andy Walker stayed big and blocked the shot.

On the hour mark, Hornchurch grabbed the opener as Junior Luke dribbled past three Thurrock players and slotted the ball into the net.

Drinks breaks were needed during each half due to the hot conditions at Ship Lane.

Thurrock equalised in the 73rd minute with a great curling shot from 20-yards as Stimson turned, nobody closed him down and put his shot into the top corner.

‘The Urchins’ took the lead in six minutes later as substitute Chris Bourne’s whipped in cross was turned in by substitute Martin Tuohy.

Clark almost got an equaliser two minutes from time as his shot just outside the box was tipped over by Mott.

Thurrock Lineup: 1 Walker, 2 Clark (64), 3 Sutton (83), 4 Gilman (45 Moore-Azille), 5 King (83), 6 Stewart, 7 Warner, 8 Spence, 9 Reynolds (45), 10 Stimson (83), 11 Paxman

Subs- 12 Jordan Clark (45), 14 Moore-Azille, 15 Goode (85), 16 Clark (64), 17 Martin (83), 18 Ibe (83), 19 Williams (85), Osa

Hornchurch Lineup- 1 Mott, 2 Starkey, 3 Bentley, 5 Beckles (54), 18 May, 6 Curley (78), 15 Marshall-Katung (Starting) (61), 8 Davis (69), 16 Luke, 10 Purcell, 11 Dadson (66)

Subs- 12 Homans (66), 14 Hursit (78), 7 Bourne (66), 9 Tuohy (61), 17 Joseph (66), 4 Styles (54), 19 Griffin (69), Chafer

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