Hornchurch and Romford win but Seymour sees red
PUBLISHED: 12:00 01 August 2014 | UPDATED: 12:00 01 August 2014
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Pre-season friendlies: Hemel Hempstead Town 1 Hornchurch 2; Romford 2 Hoddesdon Town 0
Martin Tuohy and Frankie Curley were in the goals as Hornchurch came from behind to pick up victory over Conference South side Hemel Hempstead Town last night.
The first half looked like ending goalless until Chris Bourne gave away a penalty four minutes before the break, and Lewis Toomey made no mistake in slotting past Urchins goalkeeper Sam Mott.
Toomey could have added a second before the interval when capitalising on a poor back pass, but his shot was well over the bar.
Jimmy McFarlane’s side found themselves level 10 minutes into the second half when Junior Dadson’s ball in from the left was slotted home by Tuohy.
Tuohy could have had a second only to head Joey May’s centre wide, however, the Urchins would move in front 19 minutes from time.
A free-kick delivered into the box was challenged for by substitute Aaron Beckles and the ball fell invitingly for Curley to net from close range.
Hornchurch head to Folkestone Invicta for their next friendly on Saturday, before ending it against Ryman One North side Redbridge on Tuesday.
Hornchurch: Mott, Luke (Hursit 80), Bourne, Styles, O Beckles (Izuchukwu 81), Curley, Joseph (Marshall-Katung 63), Davis, Tuohy (A Beckles 65), May (Griffin 75), Dadson (Nduakulu 75).
Unused substitute: Chafer.
Two second half goals helped Romford to a pre-season win against Hoddesdon Town, but ended the game with 10 men after Abs Seymour was shown a straight red c.
The first half remained goalless, but Boro had the better chances with Reece Tranter going close on a number of occasions.
However, the deadlock wasn’t broken until 15 minutes from time when Seymour’s corner found an onrushing Nathan Cooper and he headed home.
Sam Kent toe poked wide before another headed effort sealed the win for Paul Martin’s side with six minutes to go.
This time Tranter’s corner was met by Tom Richardson and the striker found the back of the net.
But the game ended in disappointment as two minutes from time Seymour was given his marching orders for a late challenge.
Romford end their pre-season campaign with a trip to Essex Olympian League side Frenford Senior.
Romford: Omand, Ottley, Seymour, Truman, Toms, Clayton, Ishmail, Barnes, Reynolds, Richardson, Thomas.
Substitutes: Cooper, Barry, Kemp, Lopes Dematos, Tranter.