Hornchurch will head into Saturday’s clash against Billericay Town on a high after bagging a dramatic 2-1 win at Bognor Regis Town.

The Isthmian League Premier Division leaders seemed set for just their second defeat of the season when trailing 1-0 heading into stoppage time.

But late goals from Liam Nash and Lewis Manor saw the Urchins secure all three points.

And Nash – who bagged the equalising effort – was thrilled to record a seventh victory in succession.

“It’s why we are where we are at this point in the season,” said Nash.

“It’s a tough place to go and they haven’t lost there all season, so to win it the way we did and score two goals in extra time shows the mentality throughout the squad.”

Hornchurch are nine points clear at the top of the table with three games in hand on second-placed Chatham Town.

And Nash – who has 18 goals to date this season – is pleased with how things are starting to take shape after returning from injury.

“It’s been a positive season for me on a personal note,” he added.

“I’m not quite where I want to be just yet in terms of targets I’ve set myself this season and I was set back with six weeks out with a groin strain.

“But it’s good to be back out there now and hopefully we can finish the season with how I started it.

“I can honestly say this is the best non-league squad I’ve ever been involved in too.

“The quality throughout the side is endless and anyone that comes to watch can see it throughout the squad.

“We deserve to be where we are.”

But Nash is not taking anything for granted.

“I’m not saying anything until the title is in our hands,” he said.

“After what has happened the last two years with us falling in the play-off final twice I’ll wait until it’s officially secured, but I trust my team-mates and staff that we’ll bring the title home.”

Hornchurch’s title push continues at home to Billericay Town this weekend.

Fourth-placed Blues were the last side to stop the Urchins winning after the teams played out a 1-1 draw at New Lodge in January.

And Nash knows they will be tough to beat.

“It will be a tough test, it always is against Billericay,” said Nash.

“They’ve got a good squad and teams just always turn up against us.

“It’s always the way when you’re top of the league, but hopefully it’s another game we can leave our fans smiling come 5pm on Saturday.”