Hornchurch held by 10-man Bury

PUBLISHED: 07:01 21 August 2013 | UPDATED: 07:01 21 August 2013

George Purcell had chances for Hornchurch against Bury (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

George Purcell had chances for Hornchurch against Bury (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Ryman Premier: Hornchurch 0 Bury 0

Urchins had to settle for a point after firing blanks at Bridge Avenue last night.

Jimmy McFarlane’s men returned to their own patch in good spirits after wins at Margate and Cray, who they thrashed 6-1 at the weekend.

But they could not find a winner against a Bury side who finished with 10 men after substitute Taylor Nathaniel was sent off.

Ade Yusuff and Frankie Curley came into the side for Carl Rook and Phil Starkey, who picked up knocks at Cray, and Hornchurch had Inigo Echepare to thank for an early save.

George Purcell had the home side’s first chance, which was deflected wide, and Marcus Garnham twice denied Yusuff with good saves, before Purcell fired a loose ball over.

Bury’s Richard Logan headed over, before Derek Duncan rushed a shot wide and Garnham tipped over from Joey May late in the half.

Urchins had claims for a penalty ignored when Purcell went down in the box just before the interval and saw Yusuff thwarted by a diving Garnham save after the restart.

Purcell was too high with efforts after good passes from Alex Bentley and Billy Coyne as Hornchurch’s frustrations grew, but Echepare was called upon to make two saves at the other end.

Captain Elliot Styles was not far away with a header from Duncan’s free kick, while Echepare kept out Joe Whight’s effort before Bury were reduced to 10 men on 81 minutes.

Nathaniel had replaced Ryan Semple midway through the second half and picked up his first booking 10 minutes later, before being shown a second yellow card, followed by the red for another rash challenge.

Garnham held onto another May attempt, before Duncan sent a free kick narrowly wide, but Echepare still had to make a good save in injury time to keep the scores level.

Urchins host Bury’s Suffolk rivals Lowestoft on Saturday, before visiting Billericay on Bank Holiday Monday.

Hornchurch: Echepare, Coyne, Bentley, Hayles, Styles, Curley, Duncan, May, Yusuff, Purcell, Bourne.

A last-minute equaliser from Lewis Francis earned Romford a point at Ryman Division One North rivals Erith & Belvedere last night.

Aidan Sherlock had given the hosts the lead on 35 minutes and Boro looked to be heading towards a third defeat in four outings with normal time almost up.

But Paul Martin’s men, beaten on the opening day of the season at Needham Market and by Waltham Abbey last weekend, ensured they would not return empty handed as Francis netted direct from a corner.

They make the short trip to Aveley on Saturday, before hosting landlords Thurrock on Monday.

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