PUR­CELL DOES THE BUSI­NESS LATE ON

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

IN A MATCH rid­dled with de­fen­sive er­rors, Hornchurch took an early lead af­ter Sam Rob­bins put through his own goal as he tried to clear from Theo Fair­weather-John­son. It was a topsy-tur­vey game with goals com­ing thick and fast and so it was no sur­prise the score­board con­tin­ued to tick over at great pace. The lead did not last long as Chris As­som­ba­longa, un­marked in the penalty area, scored with a well-placed header. Fair­weather-John­son then re­stored the lead when he ran onto a long clear­ance from Sam Mott. But two min­utes later Billy Hol­land headed an equaliser from a well-placed corner. On the stroke of half-time, Hugo Ros­setti saved from Brad Warner, only for Matt Fan­imo to fol­low up and score. Nathan Ko­ran­teng scored a spec­tac­u­lar equaliser and Jack Daveney put Abbey ahead with a well-struck shot from the edge of the area. Ge­orge Pur­cell, on the field for less than 60 sec­onds, won a free-kick and Nathan Liv­ings scored from the edge of the penalty area, and as the match en­tered stop­page time, Pur­cell cut in from the right to score the win­ning goal with a spec­tac­u­lar shot from a nar­row an­gle. It was harsh on the vis­i­tors who con­trib­uted to a hugely en­ter­tain­ing game that sparkled through­out from the first to the last minute. STAR MAN: Matt San­imo (H’church) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

PIC­TURE: TGSPHOTOS

IN THE NICK OF TIME: Ge­orge Pur­cell of Hornchurch scores the fifth goal and cel­e­brates, in­set

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