AFC Hornchurch 2 Norwich United 0: Tuohy at the double to dent Planters’ play-off hopes

Alex Bentley of Hornchurch and Adam Hipperson of Norwich during AFC Hornchurch vs Norwich United, R

Alex Bentley of Hornchurch and Adam Hipperson of Norwich during AFC Hornchurch vs Norwich United, Ryman League Division 1 North Football at Hornchurch Stadium on 25th March 2017 - Credit: George Phillipou/TGS Photo

Norwich United play-off hopes suffered when they lost to two second half strikes from AFC Hornchurch forward Martin Tuohy, writes Norman Bygrave.

Alex Bentley of Hornchurch and Adam Hipperson of Norwich during AFC Hornchurch vs Norwich United, R

Alex Bentley of Hornchurch and Adam Hipperson of Norwich during AFC Hornchurch vs Norwich United, Ryman League Division 1 North Football at Hornchurch Stadium on 25th March 2017 - Credit: George Phillipou/TGS Photo

The Planters dominated first half possession but all too often the final ball was inaccurate and when the visitors did get shots away they were blocked or deflected wide.

The Urchins improved as the half progressed and twice Andy Wilton had to save from Tuohy, whilst Jamie Speller saw a late shot turned wide by Sam Mott and Cassimiro Datacampol headed the resultant corner over.

Adam Hipperson had an early chance after the break but fired over from an acute angle on the left and the hosts then took the lead, Tuohy heading home from an Usman Adeniji cut back. Tuohy scored his second when a deep free kick was only half-cleared to him and the striker's shot took a deflection past a helpless Wilton.

Alex Bentley of Hornchurch and Adam Hipperson of Norwich during AFC Hornchurch vs Norwich United, R

Alex Bentley of Hornchurch and Adam Hipperson of Norwich during AFC Hornchurch vs Norwich United, Ryman League Division 1 North Football at Hornchurch Stadium on 25th March 2017 - Credit: George Phillipou/TGS Photo

AFC Hornchurch: Mott, Bentley, Nesbitt, Lee, Easterford, Chouman, Thompson (Adeniji 18), Styles, Tuohy, Wall (Purcell 89), Seymour. Unused subs: Joseph, Hussein, Hursit.


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Norwich United: Wilton, Mason, Brown, Datocampol (L Jackson 66), Wones, Watts, Radomski, Speller, Hipperson, Henery (J Jackson 89), Finch. Unused subs: Jones, Stewart, Johnson.

Referee: Ryan Head. Assistants: Jordan Whitworth & Bobby Kwatt.

Alex Bentley of Hornchurch and Adam Hipperson of Norwich during AFC Hornchurch vs Norwich United, R

Alex Bentley of Hornchurch and Adam Hipperson of Norwich during AFC Hornchurch vs Norwich United, Ryman League Division 1 North Football at Hornchurch Stadium on 25th March 2017 - Credit: George Phillipou/TGS Photo

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Alex Bentley of Hornchurch and Adam Hipperson of Norwich during AFC Hornchurch vs Norwich United, R

Alex Bentley of Hornchurch and Adam Hipperson of Norwich during AFC Hornchurch vs Norwich United, Ryman League Division 1 North Football at Hornchurch Stadium on 25th March 2017 - Credit: George Phillipou/TGS Photo

Alex Bentley of Hornchurch and Adam Hipperson of Norwich during AFC Hornchurch vs Norwich United, R

Alex Bentley of Hornchurch and Adam Hipperson of Norwich during AFC Hornchurch vs Norwich United, Ryman League Division 1 North Football at Hornchurch Stadium on 25th March 2017 - Credit: George Phillipou/TGS Photo

Alex Bentley of Hornchurch and Adam Hipperson of Norwich during AFC Hornchurch vs Norwich United, R

Alex Bentley of Hornchurch and Adam Hipperson of Norwich during AFC Hornchurch vs Norwich United, Ryman League Division 1 North Football at Hornchurch Stadium on 25th March 2017 - Credit: George Phillipou/TGS Photo

Alex Bentley of Hornchurch and Adam Hipperson of Norwich during AFC Hornchurch vs Norwich United, R

Alex Bentley of Hornchurch and Adam Hipperson of Norwich during AFC Hornchurch vs Norwich United, Ryman League Division 1 North Football at Hornchurch Stadium on 25th March 2017 - Credit: George Phillipou/TGS Photo

Alex Bentley of Hornchurch and Adam Hipperson of Norwich during AFC Hornchurch vs Norwich United, R

Alex Bentley of Hornchurch and Adam Hipperson of Norwich during AFC Hornchurch vs Norwich United, Ryman League Division 1 North Football at Hornchurch Stadium on 25th March 2017 - Credit: George Phillipou/TGS Photo

Alex Bentley of Hornchurch and Adam Hipperson of Norwich during AFC Hornchurch vs Norwich United, R

Alex Bentley of Hornchurch and Adam Hipperson of Norwich during AFC Hornchurch vs Norwich United, Ryman League Division 1 North Football at Hornchurch Stadium on 25th March 2017 - Credit: George Phillipou/TGS Photo

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