Hornchurch, Romford bow out

Essex Senior Cup defeat for duo

Hornchurch were left fuming after bowing out of the Essex Senior Cup with a 4-1 defeat at League One Colchester last night.

Urchins saw Andy Tomlinson controversially sent off five minutes before half-time, with the hosts already 2-0 up.

Tomlinson was dismissed for a challenge on Lloyd James, as referee Crysell wrongly considered him to have elbowed the Colchester player.

Bradley Hamilton had opened the scoring from a James corner on 11 minutes, as his near-post flick looped over Joe Woolley.


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And Karl Duguid doubled Colchester’s advantage with a stunning 25-yard effort, shortly before Tomlinson’s red card.

Jonathan Hunt was introduced for Tambeson Eyong on 57 minutes and brought composure to ten-men Hornchurch, giving them hope of a shock with a superb curling finish midway through the second half.

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But Tom Eastman headed home from a quickly-taken corner on 76 minutes and Steven Gillespie’s low drive caught Woolley napping as Colchester sealed a spot in the last eight.

Romford also went out, after a 3-0 home defeat against Ryman Premier Division Canvey.

Chris Richardson went close for Boro before Jason Hallett put the visitors ahead at Mill Field on 32 minutes.

John Curran doubled Canvey’s advantage just before half-time, but Elliott Anderson produced some fine saves to keep it at 2-0 after the restart.

Abs Seymour and Paul Clayton went close to replying for Boro, before Hallett made sure with a powerful left-footed shot into the top corner.

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