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FA Trophy: Hemel Hempstead 3 Hornchurch 2
Hornchurch bowed out of the FA Trophy and had leading scorer Stefan Payne sent off during a day of drama in Hertfordshire.
Jimmy McFarlane’s men travelled to Vauxhall Road with only one defeat in their last 17 matches, and with a big FA Cup tie against Hereford on the horizon, but were beaten by an in-form Hemel side after conceding three times in the first half.
Urchins had Inigo Echepare to thank in the first minute as his save denied Ben Mackey, before Moussa Diarra fired over from the corner.
Tambeson Eyong fired wide at the other end on three minutes, after good work by Payne, before Echepare produced another excellent save to thwart Lewis Toomey.
Elliot Styles had an effort cleared off the line from Joey May’s eighth-minute corner before Hemel took the lead a minute later as David Hutton headed in a right-wing cross from David King.
Hornchurch were back on terms soon after as May played a corner short to Payne, whose cross was flicked on for Frankie Curley to divert home.
But Hemel regained the lead on 16 minutes when Dave Pearce got to the byline and crossed for Toomey to slot home and Payne had his name taken by the referee moments later.
Payne curled a shot just over the bar on 32 minutes as Urchins looked to get back on terms for a second time and was then fouled by Hemel keeper Laurie Walker, who was booked.
But the visitors fell further behind on 39 minutes as Pearce found Toomey, who crossed to the far post for Mackey to tuck home Hemel’s third goal of the tie.
McFarlane sent striker George Purcell on for defender Phil Starkey during the break and Eyong saw a shot drift wide after some good build-up play three minutes after the restart.
But the visitors were then rocked by the dismissal of Payne, who received a second yellow card for deliberate handball and was given his marching orders.
Eyong made way for Sam Lechmere just before the hour, as Urchins looked to improve their attacking options, and McFarlane made his third change soon after when sending Chris Bourne on for Michael Spencer.
The visitors went close to pulling a goal back on 79 minutes as Purcell put Curley through and Walker saved, before Leigh Bremner followed up and saw his shot hit a post.
And McFarlane’s men did cut the gap moments later, though, as Lechmere’s shot from a corner was diverted in by Rickie Hayles to set up a tense final 10 minutes.
But they could not find the equaliser, that would have meant a replay on Wednesday, and missed out on the £2,700 prize money on offer.
Attention will on focus on their FA Cup fourth qualifying round clash with Conference Premier outfit Hereford, where £12,500 will be up for grabs, as well as a potential meeting with a Football League side.
The match is not all-ticket, but supporters can buy advanced tickets tomorrow (Sunday, 10am-2pm) and every day next week (5-9pm) to avoid having to queue at the turnstiles on the day.
Admission is £10 adults, £7 concessions, £4 under-16s and £1 for under-11s.
Hornchurch: Echepare, Starkey (Purcell 46), Bentley, Hayles, Styles, Curley, Eyong (Lechmere 58), May, Payne, Bremner, Spencer (Bourne 61).
Unused subs: Rook, Coyne.
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