FA Trophy - 2020/21 Final
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FA Trophy final 2020-21: Hereford 1-3 Hornchurch

By Laura SavvasBBC Sport
Liam Nash
Liam Nash scored a late goal for Hornchurch

Underdogs Hornchurch came from behind to shock Hereford and win the 2020-21 FA Trophy final at Wembley.

Tom Owen-Evans' opener was deflected in off defender Mickey Parcell to give Hereford the lead inside 13 minutes.

Hornchurch, a division below the Bulls, dug deep to get back into the game, equalising through Charlie Ruff's close-range effort.

Liam Nash scored in the 86th minute, before Ellis Brown got a third in stoppage time to clinch the trophy.

The Isthmian League Premier Division side produced a sensational second-half performance to win the trophy for the first time in their history - five years to the day after National League North club Hereford lost the FA Vase final against Morpeth Town.

Hereford opened the scoring through Owen-Evans after a well-worked corner found the midfielder inside the area, his shot taking a deflection off Parcell to beat goalkeeper Joe Wright.

The Bulls had the better of the chances in the first half, with Kyle Finn producing a brilliant cross to the back post which found Joey Butlin, who headed narrowly wide.

Hornchurch had an excellent chance to equalise early in the second half when Sam Higgins rifled the ball towards Joe Christou, but he missed the target from close range.

The Urchins had a flurry of chances around the 70th minute, with Nash's effort cleared off the line by Hereford skipper Jared Hodgkiss.

Shortly afterwards, Hornchurch eventually found an equaliser through substitute Ruff.

Hereford responded well, but Michael Bakare's header failed to hit the target just moments after having a penalty appeal dismissed by referee Tony Harrington.

An excellent second-half performance from Hornchurch saw them rewarded when Nash blasted in a late goal to take the lead.

Their historic win was confirmed by Brown in the final stages.

Line-ups

Hereford

Formation 4-4-2

  • 20Hall
  • 2Hodgkiss
  • 6Grimes
  • 33Butroid
  • 7CamwellSubstituted forMcQuilkinat 74'minutes
  • 10Owen-Evans
  • 3Haines
  • 8Butlin
  • 11FinnSubstituted forKouhyarat 88'minutes
  • 25BakareSubstituted forKlukowskiat 90'minutes
  • 17Lloyd

Substitutes

  • 1White
  • 4Pollock
  • 12Digie
  • 16McQuilkin
  • 18Klukowski
  • 24Jones
  • 34Kouhyar

Hornchurch

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Wright
  • 2Parcell
  • 5HaylesBooked at 40mins
  • 6Muldoon
  • 3Sutton
  • 7Christou
  • 4Clark
  • 8SpenceSubstituted forRuffat 59'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 11Brown
  • 10NashBooked at 87minsSubstituted forStimsonat 90+1'minutes
  • 9HigginsSubstituted forDicksonat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Stimson
  • 13Thackway
  • 14Winn
  • 16Ruff
  • 17Hassan
  • 19Dickson
  • 20Cooper
Referee:
Tony Harrington

Match Stats

Home TeamHerefordAway TeamHornchurch
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home12
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home10
Away12

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Saturday 22nd May 2021

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