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Thursday, October 17, 2013
Ryman Div 1N: Romford 2 Chatham 2
Wednesday nights are rarely dull when Romford play and their Ryman One North encounter with Chatham was no different at Ship Lane last night.
The two sides shared four goals and there were four disallowed efforts too, as well as a red card, as honours finished even.
Tom Richardson and Abs Seymour struck to put Boro in the driving seat but a double from Alfie May, the secondjust ten minutes from time, earned the visitors a point.
Romford started nervously and Austin Gacheru nearly punished George Woodward, but fired wide after tackling the defender.
The hosts responded but unfortunately only Ryan Imbert ended up in the net and not the ball after Richardson had crossed.
Chats were ahead moments later as May ghosted in to sidefoot over Atu Ngoy for the opener.
But Romford grew into the game and should have scored a stunning goal after some lovely football.
Imbert chested the ball down to Richardson and he popped it off first time to Joe Oates, who passed onto the overlapping Abs Seymour, before the midfielder disappointingly fired over the bar.
Two minutes later and Richardson found the net for the ninth time this season to make it all square.
A free-kick was taken short to David Ottley, who dribbled inside before firing the ball into the box, where Imbert rose highest to head towards Richardson and he was on hand to fire home from close range.
Imbert then found the net himself, but his header was correctly ruled out for offside.
And Chats should have taken the lead but the dangerous May shot over from close range and a goal kick was given, despite Ngoy appearing to get a touch.
As was the case with the first period, Romford started the second half slowly and Chats had two goals ruled out in quick succession.
It was a case of déjà vu for Andrew Constable as twice he scored from set-piece deliveries but both were disallowed for offside. It appeared as if his second ‘goal’ should have counted, though.
Romford then took the lead as a smart free-kick resulted in Seymour firing in from 20 yards after Oates had played the ball short.
Chances to extend their lead were wasted and Boro were made to pay ten minutes from time by the excellent May as he punished a sleeping home defence by rounding Ngoy from a simple goal-kick to level the scores.
The equaliser came moments after Boro substitute Lewis Francis might have won a penalty, but he stayed on his feet after poking the ball away from Chatham keeper Jack Bradshaw.
Chats sub Taylor McDonaugh was then sent off for picking up two bookings in quick succession for cynical fouls, but the visitors continued threatening and Constable had a third effort ruled out for offside.
Both teams continued looking for a winner, but once Francis sliced an effort out for a throw-in, time was up.
The point moved Romford up to 14th in the table ahead of a blank weekend, with scheduled opponents Maldon in FA Trophy action.
Paul Martin’s men return to October on Saturday week (October 26) with a trip to Maldon, which replaces their original fixture with Heybridge as the Swifts are in FA Cup action on that day.
Romford: Ngoy, Ottley, Oates, Woodward, Ishmail, Clayton, Seymour, Dicks, Imbert (Francis 78), Richardson, Hart. Unused subs: Sammut, Long, Norris, Omand.
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