Ten-man Hornchurch praise Saint
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Conference South: Hornchurch 1 Bromley 0
Hornchurch secured a vital three points in their quest for survival, as a 90th-minute winner from substitute Kieron St Aimie earned them victory over Bromley.
And their success at Bridge Avenue was even more impressive as the Urchins had to play the whole of the second half with 10 men, after Joey May was shown a straight red card.
The first 45 minutes was short of action but with half time approaching, May was given his marching orders, after catching Bromley skipper Danny Waldren outside Hornchurch’s penalty area.
The midfielder was late into the challenge and caught Waldren on the ankle, but a yellow card might have been sufficient punishment, rather than a red.
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Hornchurch lined up in a 3-4-2 formation for the second half, and immediately started well, with Lewis Smith having an effort ruled out for offside and consequently booked for lobbing the ball into the net.
Despite being the better side in the second half, Hornchurch keeper Joe Woolley still had to make two crucial saves for Jimmy McFarlane’s side in the space of a few minutes.
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Louie Theophanous was the first to be denied, with his strike from outside the area being pushed away by Woolley, and Jack Holland was thwarted by a stunning reflex save after diverting the ball goalwards from six yards out.
With the game coming to an end, St Aimie went from villain to hero in the space of two minutes.
First he had a massive chance to give Hornchurch the lead, but fired straight at Welch from 12 yards out.
But he made amends just a few moments later as he ghosted past two Bromley defenders before smashing the ball through Welch’s legs.
Hornchurch survived the final five minutes of injury time to earn crucial win that moves them up to 16th in the table, with five matches remaining.
Hornchurch: Woolley, Coyne (Eyong 66), Bentley, May, Styles, Hayles, Bourne (Gray 79), Curley, Tuohy (St Aimie 58), Smith, Spencer.
Subs not used: Love, Glover.