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Ryman Division 1N: Ware 1 Romford 0
Romford paid the penalty for a moment of madness by goalkeeper Atu Ngoy as they fell to defeat at basement boys Ware.
Ngoy was sent off in the 75th minute after butting former Hornchurch youngster Tony Martin, following a late challenge, and Spencer Knight’s penalty beat substitute keeper Aaron Omand to claim all three points for the hosts at Wodson Park.
“They’re always entertaining games with Ware. There’s always some drama. We’ve got to stay disciplined, do our jobs and get three points,” said Martin prior to the match.
But his side grew increasingly frustrated and left empty-handed.
Ngoy was almost left red-faced in the first minute as Elliot King headed the ball out of his left hand and Martin turned it against a post, although referee Saliy awarded Boro a free-kick.
Heavy challenges on Lewis Francis and Michael Sammut went unpunished before Jamie Dicks was shown a yellow card for a foul on Knight, to Boro’s dismay.
The visitors went close to opening the scoring when Francis saw a well-struck free-kick tipped over by Matt Gill on 18 minutes and were starting to impose themselves on the game more as the half wore on.
Ware had claims for a penalty, after Francis leaned on Harry Larner, waved away and Gill smothered a Robbie Norris effort at his near post on the half hour mark.
George Ironton had his name taken for a clattering tackle on Tom Richardson, before James Ishmail left team-mate Sammut in a heap after a collision on halfway.
And George Woodward and King were shown yellow cards after an off-the-ball clash just before half time.
“Look after the ball better,” urged Martin, before Richardson wriggled into space and saw a shot smothered.
But having looked the more likely to score, Boro saw Ware test Ngoy three times at the end of the half.
Martin’s low shot was denied by an outstretched arm, before Ngoy closed down the angle to thwart King on the left.
And in the second minute of injury time, Gareth Madden’s 30-yard effort was tippAed over the crossbar.
Ngoy saved from King again within a minute of the restart, before Kurt Smith had a saved from a Joe Oates cross saved at the other.
Smith got little change out of Ware centre-backs Dean Gilbert and Jon Stevenson, who proved strong in the air and took little risk with the ball at their feet.
And Gilbert’s header from a corner forced a save from Ngoy on 52 minutes.
Martin dragged a shot well wide just before the hour, before Ware were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box, which Knight pulled past a post.
Martin sent recent signing Eddie Hart on for Sammut midway through the second half and he raced onto Smith’s through ball soon after to see a well-struck shot blocked by the legs of Gill.
Aaron Cato fired narrolwy over for the hosts from 20 yards before Martin caught Ngoy as they both chased the ball near the byline and the Boro keeper reacted angrily to receive his marching orders.
After Knight’s spot-kick squirmed under Omand to break the deadlock, Boro almost conceded a second when Paul Clayton’s clearance hit Ishmail and looped back onto the crossbar before David Ottley ushered the ball back to his new keeper.
Ottley was somewhat fortunate to escape censure after kicking out at Martin moments later, after another late tackle, before the Ware striker was cautioned for not retreating at a free-kick.
Boro’s 10-men went close to an equaliser two minutes from time when Smith spun into space from a Francis throw-in to send a left-footed effort just past the far post.
And after Ishmail was shown the sixth yellow card of the match for a foul on Martin, the visitors got one last glimpse in the last minute of injury time.
Francis sent an inviting ball in from the right which looked perfect for Smith, but Gill was alert to the danger and beat him to it.
Romford: Ngoy, Woodward (Ottley 55), Oates, Clayton, Ishmail, Dicks, Norris, Sammut (Hart 67), Smith, Francis, Richardson (Omand 75).
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