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Ten-man Urchins beaten

PUBLISHED: 08:30 29 September 2014 | UPDATED: 14:49 30 September 2014

George Purcell will return from his six-game ban tonight. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

George Purcell will return from his six-game ban tonight. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

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Ryman Premier: Hornchurch 0 Hampton & Richmond Borough 1

Ten-man Hornchurch were beaten 1-0 in the Ryman Premier by Hampton & Richmond Borough to fall to a tenth league defeat of the season.

George Purcell was given a straight red card at the end of the first half at Bridge Avenue, with Urchins already trailing through Luke Wanadio’s 27th minute opener.

Martin Tuohy hit the post in the second period but the hosts couldn’t turn their numerous chances into a goal.

Jimmy McFarlane’s team edged the opening exchanges of the game with Frankie Curley and Purcell both going close early on.

Thomas Collins then went closer for the visitors but he shot over the bar following a corner kick.

Against the run of play, Hampton took the lead through Wanadio midway through the first half.

Tommy Brewer took a free-kick outside the box and layed it to Wanadio who fired past Sam Mott and into the net to give the visitors the lead.

Mott was forced to save from Charlie Moone shortly afterwards before Urchins skipper Elliot Styles headed wide from a corner.

Purcell was then given a red card on the stroke of half time when the referee consulted his linesmen and the pair decided the Hornchurch forward deserved his marching orders.

Thomas Gogo was replaced at the break by Danny Johnson, a new signing from Maldon & Tiptree and Tuohy fired wide soon after.

Tuohy had another chance ten minutes into the second period when Alex Bentley found the forward, but he fired against the post before Hampton were able to clear.

Billy Jeffreys tested Hornchurch keeper Mott towards the end of the match before Urchins had one final chance.

Tuohy played the ball into the middle for substitute Tobi Joseph but he fired over and McFarlane’s team couldn’t score in the seven additional minutes and fell to another defeat.

Hornchurch: Mott, Homans (Joseph 77), Starkey, Styles, Beckles, Curley, Gogo (Johnson 46), Bentley, Tuohy, Purcell, Bourne

(Marshall-Katung 79).

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