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Bostik North: Bowers & Pitsea 2 Romford 0

PUBLISHED: 18:00 27 October 2018

Romford manager Paul Martin looks on (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Romford manager Paul Martin looks on (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Romford were brought down to earth by defeat at the Len Salmon Stadium on Saturday.

Having won 2-0 at Colchester United in the Essex Senior Cup in midweek, then had planning permission granted to build a new stadium in the borough by Havering Council on Thursday night, Paul Martin’s men succumbed to Bowers goals either side of the break.

They were forced into an early change as Ernest Okoh went off on 10 minutes to be replaced by Roddy Lemba.

Lewis Manor fired into the side netting for the hosts on 12 minutes, while Quentin Monville had a shot tipped wide by Rhys Hughes soon after.

Monville was put through on 25 minutes and went wide of Hughes, but his tight-angled shot was the wrong side of the post as far as Bowers were concerned.

Former Romford man Jamie Dicks was unable to get a touch to a dangerous cross soon after, while Andy Wilton made a great save to keep out a deflected free-kick at the other end.

The deadlock was broken two minutes before the interval as a long throw into the box by Lewis Clark was flicked on by Callum Leahy for Monville to volley home.

And it was 2-0 just four minutes into the second half as Manor turned in a low cross from Monville at close range.

Boro were denied a reply by a brave block from Dicks, while Chris Taylor had a shot saved by Wilton, before Lemba hit the crossbar.

A Dicks free-kick was headed over by Martyn Stokes on 78 minutes, but Lemba went close again for the visitors, heading wide at the near post on 81 minutes.

And Taylor Tombides blazed a late chance over for Boro as they came away empty handed.

Romford: Hughes, Forrest, Smith (Tombides 66), Okoye, Olukoga, Cossington, Taylor, Bradford, Campbell, Akpele (Joseph 67), Okoh (Lemba 10). Subs: Jones, Bolton.

Attendance: 128.

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