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Romford fall short against Cheshunt

PUBLISHED: 21:40 27 September 2017 | UPDATED: 21:40 27 September 2017

Jonathan Adebayo of Romford (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Jonathan Adebayo of Romford (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Romford 1 Cheshunt 3

Romford fall short and suffer a 3-1 defeat to Cheshunt despite dominating possession throughout the match.

Boro continued their struggle to pick up points in the Bostik North after early goals from Kyle Roberts and Luke Illsey proved too much at Ship Lane.

The visitors got off to a strong start with Kyle Roberts tapping in a rebound after Jason Hallett broke into the box from the right side and struck a shot that was denied by Michael Gooch to put his side 1-0 up with the first chance of the match.

Two minutes later Romford’s Connor Hammond almost replied as he rifled a shot just over the bar from outside the box.

Romford’s Michael Gooch was then called into action and steered Tom Bruno’s shot away from his goal after the midfielder tried his luck from outside the box in the 12th minute.

Cheshunt’s Luke Illsey extended his side’s lead as he slotted his shot into the bottom right in the 17th minute after being picked out breaking clear on the right hand side to make it 2-0.

Five minutes later Romford’s Jonathan Adebayo picked out the bottom right corner to claw one back for his side after the ball was thumbled through to his feet following a great run by Jonathan Nzenga who lost control inside the box.

The hosts kept pushing forward and almost found the equaliser in the 28th minute when Nzenga chipped a shot goalbound, but it was cleared off the line by the Cheshunt defence.

The visitors Montel Joseph got his left foot to Greg Akpele’s strike to deny him after the striker was picked out by Nzenga on the edge of the box six minutes later.

The second-half got off to a slow start and it wasn’t until the 52nd minute the first chance came as Romford’s Jamie Dicks goes close as he volleyed a shot over the bar.

The hosts kept pushing forward and it was Nzenga who drove a shot towards the top left from the right side of the box, but had his shot tipped over the bar by keeper Joseph in the 62nd minute.

Cheshunt’s Kyle Roberts cut in and drilled a shot just wide of the post five minutes later.

Straight back down the other end, the Cheshunt keeper Joseph kept his side in front as he pulled back to back saves on Dicks and Nzenga from close range.

Romford keeper Gooch pushed the visitors Kyle Roberts shot clear for a corner after the winger broke away down the left side in the 76th minute.

Cheshunt made it 3-1 through Callum Ellersley as he headed home the corner at the near post.

Boro pressed hard for the final ten minutes, but left themselves exposed at times and thankfully Gooch was on hand to stop Cheshunt extending their lead with a few vital saves.

Romford: Gooch, Olukoga, Atkinson, Cossington, Finnernan, Dicks, Ishmail (Giwa 81), Adebayo, Akpele (Taylor 75), Nzengo, Hammond (Jeaking 68)

Unused subs: Allen, Reynolds.

Cheshunt: Joseph, Clemo, Brennan, McCluskey, Ellersley, Illsley, Godfrey, Bruno (Hicks 82), Hallett, Osei, Roberts (Ashman 78).

Unused subs: Osonowa, Cheema.

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