The Non-League Football Paper - - BOSTIK NORTH & SOUTH - By Tony Mid­dle­ton

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

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