AFC Hornchurch 1 Norwich United 0: Late heartbreak for Planters

Sam Applegate came close to scoring a winner for Norwich United at AFC Hornchurch before the hosts s

Sam Applegate came close to scoring a winner for Norwich United at AFC Hornchurch before the hosts struck a late winner. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

Norwich United's excellent resilient display against the league leaders counted for nothing when they conceded an excellent late strike from George Purcell.

The Planters had defended resolutely and threatened to strike on the counter before the AFC Hornchurch striker hit his 88th minute shot into the top corner from 20 yards.

In a game of few clear-cut chances it was the Planters who forced the first save, Adam Hipperson's shot well saved low down by the Urchins keeper Sam Mott.

Although the hosts dominated possession it was only a Kenzer Lee header from a corner which hit the post which penetrated the defence.

The Planters did have the ball in the net just before the break when Liam Jackson converted Hipperson's cross from an offside position.

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With the hosts pushing up the Planters caught them on the break and Nathan Stewart twice shot off target and Sam Applegate curled a shot against the far upright before that late heartbreak.

AFC Hornchurch: Mott, Hursit, Porter, Lee, Cooper, Oluwatimilehin (Styles 63), Livings, Roberts, Fairweather-Johnson (McKenzie 85), Purcell, Warner (Joseph 68). Unused subs: Bentley, Assombalonga.

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Norwich United: Wilton, Probert (Hitch 81), Applegate, Wones, Eastaugh (Carroll 90), Watts, Jones, Pollock, Jackson, Stewart, Hipperson. Unused subs: Mackie, Datocampol.

Referee: Chris Bodell. Assistants: Micheal Heavey & Martin Cannon.

Attendance: 208

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