COOPER EDGES URCHINS TO GLORY
NATHAN Cooper’s second-half strike proved the difference as AFC Hornchurch edged a slender win at home to AFC Sudbury.
Sudbury can thank an exceptional performance by their goalkeeper Paul Walker, who made a series of fine saves to keep the score down, especially in the first half.
Despite Hornchurch’s dominance it was Sudbury who almost opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time when a shot from Reece Dobson came back off of the bar.
Hornchurch had earlier
gone close through Leon McKenzie, Theo FairweatherJohnson and Matthias Fanimo, and continued to press strongly in the second half but were again denied by goalkeeper Walker.
The breakthrough finally came after 66 minutes when the Sudbury defence was unable to clear a Brad Warner corner and Cooper scored his third goal in as many matches from close range.
Hornchurch continued to press forward to earn three points and to keep them at the top of the table.
FLY THE COOP: Nathan Cooper of Hornchurch celebrates the winner