Late heartbreak for Hornchurch
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Conference South: Dover 1 Hornchurch 0
Ben May’s 90th-minute goal sent Hornchurch spinning to defeat in Kent last night.
Relegation-threatened Urchins looked to have done enough to earn a valuable point in a match which saw both sides miss penalties.
But May saw his late effort squirm over the line after hitting a post to send Jimmy McFarlane’s men home empty-handed and slipping to 19th in the table.
The visitors, returning to action after a 13-day break, began well, with Lewis Smith firing just wide on two minutes.
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Joe Woolley kept out a couple of Dover efforts at the other end, before the home side were awarded a spot-kick shortly before half time.
And Woolley came to Hornchurch’s rescue with a fine save to deny May and keep the scoreline blank at the break.
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The hosts made the early running in the second half, but Hornchurch weathered the storm and created an opening themselves midway through, which Martin Tuohy put wide.
And Urchins were given their chance to break the deadlock on 72 minutes when Smith was brought down in the box and they were awarded a penalty.
But 14-goal Tuohy, who has converted several vital spot-kicks earlier this season, put his latest effort wide of the mark.
Tuohy made way for Wayne Gray soon after and the substitute had a great chance on 85 minutes, from a Michael Spencer pass, but saw his shot well saved.
And Dover made the visitors pay right at the death as May secured their seventh win in nine games.
Hornchurch: Woolley, Spencer, Bentley, May (Love 89), Styles, Hayles, Bourne, Curley, Tuohy (Gray 77), St Aimie (Coyne 64), Smith.