Hornhcurch 3 Wroxham 0: First loss for new Yachtsmen boss

Wroxham boss Damian Hilton.

Wroxham boss Damian Hilton. - Credit: Seb Daly/Focus Images Limited

Damian Hilton suffered the first defeat of his second spell in charge of Wroxham.

After two wins on the bounce, which had ended a dreadful sequence for the Yachtsmen, Hilton saw his team succumb in dreadful conditions.

Wroxham's cause wasn't helped by the loss of striker Nick Davey, who went off with a hamstring injury after just 16 minutes.

Before that, keeper Elliott Pride had already brilliantly tipped a free-kick past a post while at the other end Wroxham applied pressure through Jack Garrod and Steve Taylor.

But the first blow duly arrived as Davey limped off to be replaced by Jamie Forshaw.

A superb block by Michael Sommerfield denied the hosts an opener, but, just before half-time, the hosts went ahead, through George Purcell.

Gavin Lemmon came off at half-time for Wroxham, forcing Hilton to move his team around, and five minutes into the second half Hornchurch doubled their lead. Purcell cut in from the left, eased past a Wroxham defender before finding the bottom right corner of the net.

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Hornchurch didn't ease off after as Kieron St Aimie headed wide and Dave Collis tried his luck from distance.

The Yachtsmen had a few chances to get a goal back – Taylor saw his cross from the right cleared and David Hinton drove a free-kick towards the goal, but the ball was caught just under the top left corner.

Purcell missed a chance to get his hat-trick with a free-kick from the edge of the box, but Tabeson Eyong wrapped it up when he chipped the ball past Pride. Overall, Hornchurch showed their quality against an in-form Wroxham side, but the injury to Davey made a difference.

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