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Sunday, September 29, 2013
Ryman Div 1N: Romford 1 Soham Town 0
A lone strike by Tom Richardson proved the difference between Romford and Soham Town at Ship Lane, as a battling performance by the hosts gave them all three points.
It was Boro’s fourth win in five Ryman One North games at home this campaign but only their third clean sheet of the season.
It was the visitors though, who started best. Luke Stanley, not the forward who was with Boro at the start of the season, failed to convert two early opportunities to highlight Soham’s threat.
The skipper for the Cambridgeshire club, Michael Simpson, then had a great chance but Aaron Omand made himself big and blocked the close range effort.
Moments after that and Romford went ahead in the ninth minute through Richardson’s fizzed low strike.
Ryan Imbert chested the ball down and with no obvious option available, Richardson smashed into the bottom corner from 25 yards out to put Paul Martin’s side ahead.
Soham continued to threaten though and Simpson had another chance but Omand once again saved from close range.
With Romford playing 4-4-2, central midfield duo Robbie Norris and Michael Summut had to work extremely hard to ensure their side held the initiative at the break.
Soham made a double substitution five minutes into the second half and Ben Sawyer’s introduction put pressure on the Romford defence.
Straight away he blitzed past Joe Oates and James Ishmail but toe poked away from goal as Boro held firm.
After the initial barrage of pressure, Romford started to play their football and a wonderful move involving Lewis Francis, David Ottley and Richardson resulted in the latter firing over but the play before hand was brilliant.
The two wingers, Eddie Hart and Francis, then linked up, as Hart played a sensational crossfield ball into the path of Francis but he dragged his shot wide.
As the game went into the final ten minutes, Soham tried to step up a gear, but although Omand had to save a Jordan Gent header, the Romford back four held firm to reward their determined defensive display with a hard fought win.
Romford: Omand, Ottley, Oates, Clayton, Ishmail, Sammut, Norris, Hart (Tranter 77), Imbert, Richardson, Francis.
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