Search

Hornchurch play-off hopes hit

PUBLISHED: 20:06 21 April 2014 | UPDATED: 20:06 21 April 2014

Chris Bourne rescued a point for Hornchurch against Canvey (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Chris Bourne rescued a point for Hornchurch against Canvey (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO c/o 27 Plaiters Way, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3LR - Editorial Use ONLY - FA Premier League and Football League images are subject to DataCo Licencing restrictions

Ryman Premier: Canvey 1 Hornchurch 1

Stefan Payne and Frankie Curley both saw red for Hornchurch at Canvey (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Stefan Payne and Frankie Curley both saw red for Hornchurch at Canvey (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Chris Bourne’s last-gasp goal rescued Hornchurch from defeat after four players were sent off in a feisty Essex derby at Park Lane.

Canvey’s Jason Hallett and Joseph Carter saw red along with Hornchurch duo Frankie Curley and Stefan Payne in two separate incidents in the first half.

But a point was not enough to keep Jimmy McFarlane’s men in a Ryman Premier Division play-off place as results elsewhere went against them.

And their hopes of promotion are no longer in their own hands, with just one match remaining in the regular season next Saturday.

Urchins had the first sight of goal after a cagey opening as Danny Phillips dragged a shot wide from Joey May’s pass on 16 minutes.

Jay Curren sent a snapshot wide of the mark for Canvey five minutes later, while George Purcell was similarly off-target for the visitors soon after.

Payne was booked for a late tackle on Nick Humphrey on 24 minutes, but Urchins went close when Ricky Hayles met May’s free kick with a header which was saved by Josh Vickers.

Canvey broke the deadlock on the half-hour mark, though, as Rob Bartley volleyed home from a half-cleared corner, but both sides were reduced to 10 men five minutes later as Curley and Hallett were dismissed following a clash and Purcell was also booked.

Ashley Dumas fired over an inviting goal following a poor clearance by Inigo Echepare on 39 minutes, before Bartley was cautioned for handball.

And another altercation in first-half stoppage time led to a red card for Canvey’s Carter and a second yellow card for Payne, who was also dismissed to leave both sides down to nine men for the second half.

Purcell’s shot on the turn was saved by Vickers on 52 minutes, before Martin Tuohy was sent on for Phillips.

Curran volleyed over from 20 yards for Canvey on the hour, before Urchins boss McFarlane made a double change midway through the second half.

Leigh Bremner saw a header from Dave Rainford’s free-kick saved by Vickers, who also thwarted Purcell with a good save on 76 minutes as Urchins struggled to find an end product despite dominating.

Bartley cleared off the line to deny Purcell an equaliser, with Tuohy’s follow-up effort ruled out for offside.

And Rainford headed a great chance over before having his name taken by the referee six minutes from time.

But Hornchurch got their reward with time almost up as Bourne found the back of the net, after a Purcell shot was handled, although their joy was shortlived as they soon learned they had dropped out of the play-off places with only one game left.

They host Met Police at Bridge Avenue on Saturday, but now need to rely on Lowestoft or Dulwich dropping points above them to keep their promotion dream alive.

Canvey: Vickers, Carter, Dumas, Game, Bartley, Humphrey, Curran, Jones (Hawes 84), Hallett, Sands (Webb 69), Sellears. Unused subs: Alaile, Strickland, Chatting.

Hornchurch: Echepare, Rainford, Starkey (Bourne 67), Styles, Hayles, Curley, Eyong (Bremner 67), May, Payne, Purcell, Phillips (Tuohy 59). Unused subs: Coyne, Varnier.

Latest Romford Sports News

16:00

Urchins boss looking forward to a break from football after defeat at Thurrock

The experienced bowler is expecting his first child at the end of June and is set to hand over the captaincy to Shahbaz Khan for the rest of the season

14:00

Daggers boss expected to rest players with National League play-offs in mind

A poor first-half for the Crow Lane club resulted in division rivals Rochford Hundred winning the Essex Intermediate Cup last Saturday

12:38

Women will meet at Lee Valley on June 10

11:46

Club confirm annual benefit match with county XI

11:00

Daggers stopper says victory over Woking would be perfect way to warm up for Forest Green Rovers tie

10:00

Bowler back in groove ahead of Royal London Cup campaign

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now