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Own goal gifts for Urchins

PUBLISHED: 16:51 02 April 2010 | UPDATED: 21:47 02 July 2010

A PAIR of own goals handed Hornchurch the points in a 3-2 win at Tooting to keep their Ryman Premier Division play-off hopes alive. Mervin Abraham s neat backheel allowed Billy Coyne to send what appeared to be a harmless-looking low cross into the box, w

A PAIR of own goals handed Hornchurch the points in a 3-2 win at Tooting to keep their Ryman Premier Division play-off hopes alive.

Mervin Abraham's neat backheel allowed Billy Coyne to send what appeared to be a harmless-looking low cross into the box, where Matt Yorke turned it expertly past a bemused Dave King to give Urchins a first-half lead.

And Joe Vines could only steer a low ball from Ross Wall into his own net nine minutes from time, with a lurking Abraham sure to convert the chance anyway at the far post.

Jim McFarlane handed a debut to former Dagenham and Thurrock man Sam Sloma - signed late last week -and brought Wall back into the starting line-up in place of Soz Yao, as Jo Flack and Jamie Dormer were given places on the bench.

The visitors began well and could have taken the lead when Coyne's throw found Andy Tomlinson, who picked out Sloma for a first-time cross which King claimed just ahead of Abraham.

A timely tackle from Andrew Howell denied Abraham a shooting chance soon after, while Aaron Goode went close for the home side with a header from a Howell free-kick, after Rickie Hayles was penalised.

Sloma set up Tambeson Eyong for a dipping shot which King pushed past the post before Urchins took the lead in the 19th minute.

Abraham was heading towards the corner flag when he backheeled a pass into the path of Coyne and his ball in from the right was sliced inside the far post by Yorke.

Paul Vines headed over from a corner as Tooting looked for a quick response, but Urchins went close to a second as Coyne teed up Wall for a shot on the turn which King got a hand to, then scrambled to safety.

Darren Behcet raced off his line to clear from former Urchins hero Simon Parker and Coyne's cross was flicked on by Wall, for Joe Vines to clear off the line.

Tooting drew level in the 36th minute when Tomlinson conceded a free-kick just outside the box and Parker's low shot was pushed wide by Behcet.

Allan McLeod's resultant corner found the unmarked Joe Vines at the far post and his downward header bounced into the net.

Hayles and Ronnie Fletcher then combined to clear another McLeod corner off the line before Eyong fired just wide on the stroke of half-time.

Behcet saved well from Parker after the restart and Paul Vines saw his shot deflected behind before firing another effort wide of the target.

Elliot Styles grazed the crossbar with a header before Tooting took the lead just past the hour as Dean Hamlin picked out Parker, who drove a low shot inside Behcet's right-hand post.

Dormer replaced Coyne as Urchins shuffled their pack and set up Eyong, whose shot was well saved by King. And the visitors got back on terms when Tomlinson's corner was spilled and the opportunist Abraham nodded home.

King kept out another well-struck effort from Eyong as Urchins pushed forward in search of a winner, but could do nothing about the decisive goal in the 81st minute.

Dormer and Tomlinson combined in midfield, with Wall peeling off into space on the left before his low ball was turned in by Joe Vines. Wall went close to a fourth, but it took a Behcet save to deny Parker at the other end late on.

Hornchurch: Behcet, Coyne (Dormer 65), M Spencer, Fletcher (Stuart-Evans 70), Hayles, Tomlinson, Styles, Eyong, Abraham, Wall (J Spencer 90+3), Sloma.


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