LEATHERHEAD 1 HORNCHURCH 0
LFC – Taylor, Wilson, Kisitu, Harrington, Roles, Nnamani, Mahal, Semakula, Adeymode, Mason, Davies
Subs – Kammara, Knight, Cogan, Lopes, Hoare, Faal
1 – Sam Mott
2 – Jed Chouman
3 – George Woodward- 19 – JJ Da Cruz 77
4 – Elliot Styles ©
5 – Nathan Cooper
6 – Nicky Symons – 14 – Dave Collis 60
7 – Ayrton Coley – 11 – Nic Brown 65
8 – James Morrish – 17 – Suley Zudhu 76
9 – David Knight – 16 – Ricky Freeman 55
10 – Geprge Purcell – 12 – Leon McKenzie 69
15 – Kenzer Lee – 18 – Harry Agombar 65
Scorer Evan Lopes 74
L – all green
H – blue, blue, yellow
LEATHERHEAD 1 HORNCHURCH 0
Hornchurch finished their pre-season build-up with a trip around the M25 for the third week in succession, this time to Junction 9 on a motorway which behaved itself.
After dominating for long periods, Hornchurch must be wondering how they came away with a one-goal defeat, the only goal of the match coming on 74 minutes when a cross from the right found Evan Lopes, who was ideally placed to follow up after the first shot was blocked.
Hornchurch started strongly, and could have taken the lead in the second minutes when Nathan Cooper burst through from the half way line, rounding two defenders, before being brought down on the edge of the area, by a tackle which in a league match would have warranted at least a yellow card.
George Purcell fired the free kick past the defensive wall, but also wide of the far post.
Ayrton Coley, on the right wing, gave the home defence a worrying time with his rapid pace, and when he sent a good centre into the middle, Joe Taylor in the home goal saved Purcell’s overhead kick.
James Morrish then headed over from a well-flighted centre by Purcell, and Leatherhead had their first opportunity when Nicky Symons conceded a free kick after a tackle on Lloyd Harrington. Harrington took the free kick himself, but the ball came back harmlessly off the wall.
Callum Davies had a shooting chance when he ran on to a Kiernan Hughes Mason pass, but Nathan Cooper was quick to tackle and concede a corner, which came to nothing.
Hornchurch controlled the game for long periods, and Jed Chouman was unlucky with a hard shot, which Taylor did well to hold.
Leatherhead had a splendid opportunity to open the scoring when Mason broke clear, but Sam Mott came out quickly and Mason placed his shot wide of the goal.
The second half saw Hornchurch continue to have the better of the territorial play, and Kenzer Lee created an opening with a rapid run through the middle, only to put his shot a fraction too far to the right of the goal.
Manager Jim McFarlane made several changes, and Dave Collis came on, and soon made his mark with an excellent free kick into a packed goalmouth, where Harry Agombar headed wide of the post.
A similar move ended with Elliot Styles heading over, as Leatherhead defended in depth.
Sam Mott had little to do for long periods, but Leatherhead scored what proved to be the only goal of the match sixteen minutes from time, which led to the introduction of JJ Da Cruz and Suley Zudhu, the latter causing Leatherhead plenty of problems on the right side of the field.
Leatherhead defended two more corners, and Leon McKenzie went close, and with two minutes left to play, they survived a strong penalty appeal to hold on to their lead.
HARRY AGOMBAR – Has had several spells at Grays Athletic, and has also played for Barnet, Macclesfield, Swindon Town and Hereford Utd. Last season he was with Thurrock for whom he scored three times in his seventeen appearances.
AYRTON COLEY has played for Bishop’s Stortford, Waltham Abbey and Sudbury, and after a spell on loan at Haverhill Rovers, he played for Canvey Island last season.
JANDIR JOSE DA CRUZ – JJ played for a number of Portuguese clubs – Luso 2006-07, Uniao Nanheirense 2007-08, GD Lagamecas 2008-09, Luso 2009-10 to 2011-12, GDR Portugal 2012-13, Amora 2013-14 and 2014-15 (33 / 9) – before joining Enfield Town, for whom he played 25 times last season.
KENZER LEE had two seasons with West Ham as a youth player, and a further two seasons at Oxford Utd. He then joined Bishop’s Stortford, and made 39 appearances, before having brief spells with Banbury and Redbridge.
JMES MORRISH – Played for Chelsea Academy, and Bethnal green Utd, before joining Hornchurch at the start of 2010-11. He then joined Whitstable Town, where he became club captain, and midway through 2013-14 he signed for Hythe utd, and made 51 appearances for them last season.
SULEY ZUDHU – scored seven goals in sixteen appearances for Manford Way last season, and was named player of the match on three occasions