Romford crash out, Hornchurch hit back

Mixed fortunes for duo

Romford crashed out of the FA Trophy after a 4-1 defeat at Bedfont Town, but Hornchurch returned to winning ways in the Ryman Premier Division with a 1-0 success at East Thurrock at the weekend.

Boro travelled to west London on the back of a 3-0 midweek win at Ryman Division One North rivals Chatham.

But after seeing Jamie Dicks hit the crossbar from long range in the opening exchanges, Boro fell behind after 17 minutes as poor marking allowed Lee Scott to score.

Kurt Smith levelled five minutes later, from Jack Barry’s cross, but Boro’s joy was shortlived as Bedfont regained the upper hand through Wayne O’Sullivan before half-time.


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O’Sullivan struck again early in the second half and, although Bedfont were reduced to 10 men, the home side netted again in the 80th minute when Wayne Nankani pounced after an earlier effort came back off the crossbar.

Romford’s disappointing day ended when Paul Kavanagh saw an injury-time penalty saved.

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Lewis Smith’s early goal proved enough for Hornchurch to record their fifth away win in six league games this season at Rookery Hill.

Tommy Black came into the starting line-up for Jimmy McFarlane’s Urchins against a Rocks side who had upset St Albans in the FA Cup in a midweek replay.

And after Martin Tuohy hit the post with an early effort, Smith collected a cross from Frankie Curley to place his shot past former Hornchurch keeper Richard Wray.

Curley went close to a second when his header skimmed a post and Wray saved well from a Dave Collis free-kick in the second half.

Rocks pushed forward in search of an equaliser in the closing stages, but Urchins held firm to maintain their hold on sixth place.

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