Urchins move up; Boro slump
Mixed fortunes for rivals
Hornchurch closed to within two points of a Ryman Premier Division play-off place with a 1-0 win over basement boys Croydon Athletic.
But there was disappointment for Romford, who slumped to a 3-0 home defeat against Tilbury in Ryman One North.
Martin Tuohy gave Urchins a third-minute lead at Bridge Avenue, but despite their dominance they could not add to the tally.
Croydon had Jeremy Williams sent off for a second bookable offence just past the hour, but the 10-men held out with conceding any more goals.
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Hornchurch gave a second debut to new loan signing Sam Collins, who played two pre-season friendlies for the club in 2008, in the closing stages and he combined well with Tommy Black to set up a late chance for Tuohy, but his shot was saved by Charlie Mitten.
Urchins have two games in hand on fifth-placed Kingstonian and entertain Aveley tomorrow (7.45pm).
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Boro, meanwhile, found themselves behind after only two minutes as Harry Cook struck at Mill Field.
And Ben Turner’s own goal gave Tilbury a 2-0 lead at half-time.
Paul Martin’s men hit the post in the second half, but Jack Barry was sent off for two yellow cards and Dockers sealed the points with a third goal by Steve Good.
Boro will hope to bounce back when they host Harlow tomorrow.
*Hornchurch are offering free season tickets to children under the age of 12 for the rest of the current season.
Applicants must be accompanied by an adult and can claim their season ticket at tomorrow’s home game against Aveley.
Up to 50 season tickets are on offer. Proof of age may be required.