Hornchurch bounce back in style

Romford enjoy another Foxes hunt

Hornchurch broke their Conference South duck in style with a 2-0 win at previously unbeaten Basingstoke at the weekend.

And Romford claimed their second success of the Ryman Division One North season as they completed a quickfire double over Ilford.

Urchins had slumped to the bottom of the table after a 4-0 defeat at Bromley in midweek left them with just three points from their opening six matches.

But Jimmy McFarlane’s men upset the form book thanks to goals in each half from strike duo Martin Tuohy and Lewis Smith.

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Reiss Noel sent an early chance over, before Simon Glover tested home keeper Chay Morris.

And Urchins took the lead seven minutes before half-time when Tuohy netted from the spot after Tambeson Eyong was fouled.

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Basingstoke had two good chances to level after the restart, but the visitors doubled their lead midway through the second half when Tuohy set up Smith to fire home.

Boro had won 2-0 at Ilford on Bank Holiday Monday and hosted the Foxes in a rearranged fixture after both clubs were knocked out of the FA Cup.

The visitors went close early on when Alexander Akambi curled a shot just wide.

Hussain Isa poked past the post at the other end before Nick Reynolds headed home the only goal of the game on 11 minutes.

Warren Mfula headed a good opportunity to level wide before the break but chances were scarce during the second half on a sweltering day.

Ilford went close on 55 minutes, but Boro had another Reynolds effort ruled out for offside late on.

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