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Late, late show rescues Romford

PUBLISHED: 08:29 19 March 2017 | UPDATED: 08:30 19 March 2017

Romford's James Ishmail celebrates his late equaliser against Heybridge (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Romford's James Ishmail celebrates his late equaliser against Heybridge (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Romford 3 Heybridge Swifts 3

Injury-time goals from Ryan Mallett and James Ishmail rescued an unlikely Ryman North point for Romford at Ship Lane.

Paul Martin’s men were going in search of a fourth successive win, but were forced into late changes as Kwasi Marfo suffered an injury during the warm-up.

Chris Barry came into the side at left-back, as Ishmail and Tom Potter returned to the centre of defence and Dan Cossington moved to a midfield role, with Mallett dropping to the bench.

And the hosts saw Callum Chafer race off his line inside two minutes to block an effort by Adam Bolle, before new signing David Fallah saw Swifts keeper Liam Moore fumble his effort over the line at his near post just three minutes into his debut following his signing from VCD Athletic.

But Fallah saw his goal swiftly cancelled out by the visitors, as Reece Grant levelled on eight minutes, and Chris Barry had a shot well saved by Moore, before Fallah had strong shouts for a penalty turned down.

Chinedu McKenzie went close to restoring Romford’s lead when his deflected shot hit a post, but then Lewis Godbold headed Heybridge in front on 36 minutes and Bolle scrambled a third goal from a long throw-in eight minutes later to put them 3-1 up at the break.

McKenzie fired wide two minutes after the restart and headed over with 12 minutes remaining, before an excellent tackle denied him in the closing stages.

The home side were heading for defeat as they were still 3-1 down as normal time drew to a close, before substitute Mallett grabbed what looked to be a mere consolation goal in the second minute of stoppage time, firing in from a tight angle at the far post from a corner.

But Ishmail then found the net in the fifth minute of injury time, firing home from a Fallah cross, to square matters and complete a remarkable comeback for Boro, sparking wild scenes of celebration.

Boro remain in 15th place on 52 points, with Tilbury, Dereham and Witham just one point above them in the standings and are set to welcome Bury Town to Ship Lane next weekend.

Romford: Chafer, Boswell, Barry, Potter, Ishmail, Cossington, Olukoga (Mallett 80), Fallah, McKenzie, Taylor (Adebayo 73), Abdul (Reynolds 73).

Unused subs: Wray, Parrish.

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