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Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Ryman Division 1N: Harlow 1 Romford 0
Former Boro striker Alex Read’s late goal condemned his old club to another defeat on the road last night.
Paul Martin’s men had conceded four times in the first half at Cheshunt on Saturday, having slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Grays in the FA Cup and a 1-0 loss at lowly Ware in their two previous outings.
And they suffered more away-day misery as Read struck with two minutes left – the fifth game he has netted against his old club – to earn all three points for the home side, who had hit the woodwork twice in the first half.
Defences dominated in the opening exchanges, but Boro had the first chance of note when Tom Richardson sent Lewis Francis through on goal, only for Dean Neil to make a good save.
Aaron Omand kept out Read’s free-kick at the other end and the striker seized upon a poor back pass by Jamie Dicks to send another deflected effort just wide.
Richardson beat two men before seeing his shot deflected over, but James Smith’s corner was only half cleared to Shaun Gliddon, whose header was tipped onto the bar by Omand.
And a fine Harlow team move ended with Leon Antoine teeing up Junior Dadson, whose shot was superbly saved by Omand.
Read saw the Boro keeper produce another good block, before sending a looping header onto the roof of the net just before half time.
And the hosts went close to breaking the deadlock within 30 seconds of the restart as Read cut the ball back to Smith, whose shot was cleared off the line.
Antoine’s header was also kept out before Gliddon and Smith combined to find Dadson, who scuffed a shot over.
Richardson forced a good stop from Neil on 52 minutes after a fine pass from Kurt Smith, while Omand tipped over another effort from Antoine.
Dadson’s left-wing cross picked out Scott Curley, whose header missed the target to suggest Boro might escape with a point.
Smith’s shot was deflected wide from Richardson’s pass, while Omand tipped another Read free-kick over.
But with time running out, a corner from the right was knocked on by Antoine for the predatory Read to stoop and head home from close range.
Boro went close to a last-gasp leveller when Smith went through on goal, but Neil produced another vital stop for Harlow.
Paul Martin’s men will look to end their poor run of form when they host Soham Town Rangers at Ship Lane on Saturday.
Romford: Omand, Ottley, Dicks, Clayton, Ishmail, Norris, Sammut, Francis (Tranter 80), Imbert, Richardson, Smith. Subs: Truman, Lamb, Woodward, Goldstone.
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