Hornchurch rue defensive errors

PUBLISHED: 13:20 06 April 2015 | UPDATED: 13:20 06 April 2015

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane (pic: Ray Lawrence/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane (pic: Ray Lawrence/TGSPHOTO)

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Ryman Premier: Tonbridge Angels 4 AFC Hornchurch 0

Hornchurch slipped seven points adrift of safety after a 4-0 loss away to fellow relegation battlers Tonbridge Angels.

Thirteen minutes into the match the hosts took the lead when Junior Luke’s attempted clearance from a corner was skyed high.

As the ball fell back down to the pitch Tonbridge centre-back Jerome Sobers volleyed home from 12 yards to put his team in front.

But the Urchins nearly found a way back into the game when George Purcell’s effort against his former club fizzed just wide of the upright.

The striker had another great chance when he shot from distance but the ball went out for a throw-in while Tobi Joseph was inches away from connecting with a low cross moments later.

Chris Bourne nearly took advantage of slack home defending but his effort was well saved by the Angels goalkeeper before skipper Frankie Curley forced another save.

The visitors’ missed chances proved costly as they conceded a second on the stroke of half time as Tom Parkinson slotted into the bottom corner.

Despite holidng their own after the break, the Bridge Avenue club went further behind in the 69th minute when Billy Medlock tapped home after Nathan Elder’s initial effort hit the post.

The Tonbridge win was sealed in stoppage time when Royce Greenidge capitalised on another defensive error to cooly finish a ball from the left for his side’s fourth of the afternoon.

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