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Hornby off as United crash out of cup
11:00am Thursday 19th September 2013 in Sport
Redditch United 1,
Atherstone Town 2
TEN man Redditch crashed out of the FA Cup at the hands of Midland Combination Premier minnows Atherstone on Monday night.
Keeper Sam Hornby saw red 13 minutes from time after bringing down visiting skipper Lee Smith and the striker picked himself up to rifle home the match-winner.
The Reds created enough chances to ease through to the second qualifying round but poor finishing and a number of good saves ensured it was the Midland Combination outfit that went through.
Winger Jamie Molyneux gave the hosts a 16th minute lead, cutting in off the flank before firing past Phil Smith.
He then drilled another effort across the face of goal before Edwin Ahenkorah let fly with a 25-yard effort that was brilliantly turned over the crossbar by Phil Smith.
Defender Jordan Anderson then went close from a corner.
Atherstone levelled from their first shot on target — a Lee Chapman free-kick from out near the left touchline that crept in at the far post.
The second-half was just 29 seconds old when Redditch had a glorious chance to retake the lead.
Molyneux raced clear of the defence only to be denied by another good Smith save.
Ahenkorah tried his luck with a low strike that was easily saved.
Lee Smith should have scored on 76 minutes after ghosting in behind the defence only to miscue. But he made amends a minute later, firing in the winner from the spot after Hornby had brought him down.
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