December 12 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Clayton calls for quick turnaround
Romford captain Paul Clayton says his side need to forget about their first-half horror show at Cheshunt as they head to Ryman Division One North rivals Harlow tonight (Tuesday).
Boro conceded four times in the opening 45 minutes at Theobalds Lane, before seeing Joe Oates sent off and Abs Seymour carried off in the second period.
Harlow, meanwhile, hit back from 2-0 down to draw with Redbridge as former Boro striker Alex Read found the target once again.
Clayton said: “We lost the game in the first half against Cheshunt.
“It was a bad day all round, with a sending-off and me and Abs coming off injured.
“Abs looks like he could be out for a good few weeks.”
Former Arsenal youngster Omer Riza opened the scoring from the penalty spot, after Clayton was adjudged to have handled, and doubled his side’s lead on 17 minutes.
Josh Cooper netted twice in four minutes just before the break to make it 4-0 and Clayton limped off soon after the restart.
Scott Truman headed over before Oates saw red for a challenge on Cooper and the visitors were reduced to nine men when Seymour was stretchered off following a tackle by Lewis Payne, which led to a booking.
Boro saw out time without conceding further but manager Paul Martin will have to make changes this evening.
Clayton added: “We need to pick ourselves up and go again against Harlow.
“Things can turn around very quickly with a good result.”
Hornchurch head to Enfield Town in the Premier Division, looking to extend an 11-game unbeaten run.
Stefan Payne’s hat-trick led Urchins to a 3-2 victory at Leiston on Saturday and manager Jimmy McFarlane will be looking to maintain momentum going into their FA Cup second qualifying round tie at Spalding United at the weekend.
Michael Dawson is looking forward to facing Arsenal after Tottenham were drawn against the Gunners in the third round of the FA Cup.