Hornchurch lifted by two-goal Tuohy

Urchins triumph on the road again

Hornchurch maintained their Ryman Premier Division promotion charge with a 2-0 win at Kingstonian at the weekend.

After coming under early pressure, Urchins took the lead on six minutes when Fola Orilonishe’s long ball found leading scorer Martin Tuohy, who beat Rob Tolfrey and slotted home his 21st goal of the season.

Joe Woolley denied Matt Pattison, before Ryan Woods headed a good chance over for the hosts.

But Tuohy had a second effort ruled out for offside before half-time and captain Elliot Styles headed narrowly over the crossbar early in the second half.

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Tolfrey kept out Jon Hunt’s free-kick before Leon McKenzie fired into the side netting.

But Hornchurch doubled their advantage just past the hour when Orilonishe crossed for Tuohy to claim his second goal of the afternoon.

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Styles went close to adding to the tally late on, but Urchins had done enough to maintain the five-point gap to leaders Billericay, who celebrated a 3-1 home win against Cray.

Romford gave Division One North leaders Leiston a run for their money in a 3-2 defeat.

Boro looked dead and buried after conceding three times inside 22 minutes,

Michael Brothers netted a hat-trick for Leiston, before Romford settled.

And the visitors gave themselves hope early in the second half as Kurt Smith netted twice in the space of three minutes.

Buoyed by Smith’s brace, Boro poured forward for the remainder of the match and they came agonisingly close to an equaliser when Andy Edmunds saw his last-minute attempt tipped over the bar by Louis Johnson.

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