Bostik North: Romford 0 Canvey Island 2

PUBLISHED: 17:26 27 January 2018 | UPDATED: 17:26 27 January 2018

Frustration for Romford keeper James May at Ship Lane (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Frustration for Romford keeper James May at Ship Lane (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

©TGS Photo +44 1376 553468

Romford suffered a second successive defeat in Bostik North after conceding twice in the last half hour at Ship Lane on Saturday.

Beaten 2-0 at home by fellow strugglers Ware in their last outing 10 days earlier, before trips to Bowers and Billericay fell victim to waterlogged pitches, Boro went close from an early left-wing corner, only to see Jack Giddens turn the ball around the post on seven minutes.

Steve Sheehan headed just wide form a Mitchell Gilbey free-kick on the quarter-hour mark before realising an offside flag had gone up anyway and the hosts were forced into an early change as Hugo Atkinson went off to be replaced by long-serving James Ishmail.

Gilbey saw a shot on the turn beaten away by James May on 23 minutes, but Boro went close at the other end three minutes later when Harry Daly’s free-kick from wide on the right was glanced wide by the head of Chris Taylor, who had netted both Romford goals in their Essex Senior Cup win at Park Lane earlier in the season.

New signing Luke Hornsley headed another chance straight at Giddens, who held on to a Jonathan Nzengo cross-cum-shot around the 32-minute mark.

But the home side had Michael Finneran to thank for an important block to keep out Ryan Melaugh’s low shot, after only half-clearing Gilbey’s cross from the right on 40 minutes.

George Sykes fired over for the Gulls within a minute of the restart, then found Gilbey to tee up George Craddock, whose shot was deflected behind.

The hosts went close on 52 minutes, though, as Harry Daly’s low shot from 20 yards rebounded into the path of Taylor, who was unable to find the finish.

Nzengo fired over before the hour mark, after the referee played advantage following a foul by Harry Norman, but Canvey’s Jake Pitty had a header deflected behind and May had to claw Melaugh’s corner out from under his crossbar.

Play continued to swing from end to end and Boro’s Olu Giwa sent a curling shot just past the top corner from 18 yards.

But Canvey got their noses in front on 64 minutes when a fine through ball by Craddock sent Gilbey clear to round May and slot into the net.

And after a last-ditch tackle from Ashley Dumas denied Craig Jeakins a shot on goal, Canvey made sure of the points on 85 minutes when Sykes cut in from the left and, after Danny Cossington cleared his first angled attempt off the line, he tucked home at the second time of asking.

Defeat leaves Boro just two points above bottom club Cheshunt, following their 2-1 win at Bury Town, and Paul Martin’s men host local rivals and runaway leaders Hornchurch on Wednesday (7.45pm).

Romford: May, Olukoga, Atkinson (Ishmail 15), Cossington, Finneran, Nzengo, Daly, Giwa (Jeakins 71), Taylor (Reynolds 85), Hornsley, Hammond. Unused subs: Coyne, Sykes.

Attendance: 162.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Romford Sports News

After three away games in a row, the Eagles will look to impress against Somerset, Surrey and Glamorgan over the next week

Yesterday, 17:00

Gareth James will skipper the side against their local rivals this weekend and they are keen to bounce back after a loss at Harold Wood

Yesterday, 16:00

Hornchurch’s Bobby Thompson is hoping for kinder conditions in the next round of the Dunlpo MSA British Touring Car Championship next month after a tough weekend at Thruxton.

Yesterday, 15:00

The latest news from the Havering ‘90 Joggers

Yesterday, 14:30

A brand new book ‘Essex County Cricket Club Memories’ has been released to bring back the greatest memories of the county side after they were crowned champions of the County Championship last season.

Yesterday, 12:45

Paul Upton has yet to taste defeat in his 15-fight, five-year pro career, but faces his toughtest test yet against unbeaten Ted Cheeseman at York Hall on June 6.

Yesterday, 12:00

Former Bangor City boss Kevin Nicholson is understood to be interested in the Dagenham & Redbridge manager vacancy.

Yesterday, 10:30

GPR beat Upminster by 70 runs last time out


The next step in renewable energy could be right beneath your feet as you walk through a Romford shopping centre.

There are many reasons people decide to join a gym. Some want to pack on muscle for strength, train for endurance, or lose weight. But did you know it also does wonders for your mental health? Two members at Romford’s Better Gym in the Market Place talk about their personal fitness journey and the importance of replacing bad habits with good ones.

Sean Watson, director at the family-run St Michaels Homes which runs Howard Lodge and Dudbrook Hall, answers the common questions people have about care homes.

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

News from your area


Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now