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04 Feb 2020


A Chris Dickson goal and two goals from Adam Cunnington were enough for the hosts to run out 3-0 winners on a bitterly cold Tuesday night in Essex. The Urchins included new signing, 44-year-old Jamie Cureton on their subs bench, having signed from Bishops Stortford just a few hours earlier. The striker is one of only a handful of players to score in England’s top nine leagues across his career, amassing 1000+ games.
Craig Edwards made just two changes from the side that lost to Leatherhead on Saturday, with Harry Girling returning to the XI in place of Max Huxter, and Tommie Hession-Harris coming in for Joe Re who dropped to the bench.
The game got underway with Hornchurch getting on the front foot straight away, with Chris Dickson having two efforts on goal inside the first ten minutes, the first effort being smothered by Harry Girling, and the second slid wide of the right hand post. The Urchins kept the pressure on, and Nathan Cooper’s header was straight at Girling after a Micky Purcell cross, but the pressure finally told on 18 minutes, when Cheshunt failed to clear their lines from a free kick and Chris Dickson smashed a loose ball home for his 23rd goal of the season, (1-0 – 18 mins).
The Ambers finally broke out after that and soon won a free kick on the edge of the Hornchurch area, and Reece Beckles-Richards drilled his low effort into the hands of Joe Wright who held well, but from the resulting free kick, ‘The Urchins’ broke and the ball found it’s way to Adam Cunnington, who drilled the ball low across Girling to double the hosts lead. (2-0 – 28 mins). Cheshunt had another chance to half the deficit right on half time, when Beckles-Richards intercepted a poor back pass but his effort was superbly saved by Wright in the final action of the half.
HT – Hornchurch 2-0 Cheshunt
The second 45 started in very similar fashion to the first, with Dickson smashing the ball over from the edge of the box, but the third wasn’t too far away for the hosts, as George Saunders whipped in a terrific cross which went right onto the head of Adam Cunnington who smashed his header down and in off the crossbar to put the game beyond doubt, (3-0 – 50 mins). Tommie Hession-Harris was Cheshunt’s driving force and he had two efforts from the edge of the box, one sailing over the bar and one being comfortably held by Wright. The hosts broke however and a clumsy challenge from Sean Cronin brought down Cunnington and the referee pointed to the spot, issuing a yellow card to the Ambers defender in the process. The striker dusted himself off and had the chance to score his first Hornchurch hat-trick, but he blasted his penalty over the bar, clearing the high jump pole in the process behind the goal, and it stayed at three-nil. Dickson had another chance to get a fourth, getting in behind Cheshunt’s left side and cutting inside but his effort was saved superbly by Girling. Norman Wabo and Joe Re were introduced in an attempt to stage a rather unlikely comeback, and Re was straight into the action skipping past two defenders before flashing his shot across goal, Wabo had the final chance of the ninety, as Zack Newton superbly skipped past a couple of defenders before laying in Wabo on the edge, but his effort was arrowed wide. This signalled the last chance on a good night’s work for Hornchurch and a bitterly disappointing result for Cheshunt.


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