Unhappy year end for Hornchurch and Romford

Rivals beaten in final outings of 2011

Hornchurch and Romford both tasted defeat as 2011 drew to a close yesterday.

Urchins lost 4-1 at Ryman Premier Division rivals Canvey, while Boro were beaten 3-0 by Redbridge in Division One North.

Martin Tuohy gave Urchins the lead at Canvey midway through the first half with his 17th goal of the season.

But Tuohy went from hero to villain as he received his marching orders shortly before the hosts drew level just past the hour mark.

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And Canvey made the extra man count in the last quarter of an hour, taking the lead in the 75th minute and netting twice more in the closing stages to run out convincing winners.

It allowed the Gulls to complete a double over Urchins, following their 2-1 success at Bridge Avenue in August.

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And although it was only a second away defeat in 12 league outings for Hornchurch this season, Billericay’s home win over Harrow put them four points clear of Jimmy McFarlane’s men at the top of the table once again.

Urchins will look to bounce back tomorrow as they host promotion rivals Lowestoft, who beat Wingate 2-0 yesterday and are second on goal difference.

Romford fell behind after only six minutes at FA Cup heroes Redbridge, as Matt Turpin put the hosts ahead.

And a second-half brace from Joe Gardner gave Motormen the points, inflicting a first league defeat of December on Paul Martin’s men, who host Thamesmead at Mill Field tomorrow.

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