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Romford new boy sees red on bad day in Norwich

PUBLISHED: 08:08 19 February 2017 | UPDATED: 08:08 19 February 2017

Romford manager Paul Martin apologised for his team's poor performance at Norwich United (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Romford manager Paul Martin apologised for his team's poor performance at Norwich United (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Norwich United 4 Romford 1

Charlie Parish received a red card in only his second appearance for Romford (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo) Charlie Parish received a red card in only his second appearance for Romford (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Recent Romford recruit Charlie Parish saw red as they returned empty-handed from their long trip to Norfolk.

Parish was given his marching orders in the last minute of normal time for his part in what was described as a “minor altercation” to compound a miserable day for Paul Martin’s men, as they suffered a third defeat in four Ryman North outings.

The visitors began well enough on their first-ever trip to Plantation Field, but fell behind on 18 minutes to a disputed penalty, claiming the foul had been made outside the box.

Boro keeper Callum Chafer had saved a penalty against Witham a week earlier, but Tim Henery beat him from the spot this time to open the scoring.

Norwich doubled their advantage three minutes before the interval when a short corner move caught Boro napping and Jamie Speller netted.

And it was 3-0 just seven minutes into the second half when the unmarked Sam Watts headed home at the far post.

Martin made a triple substitution just past the hour mark, sending Chris Barry, Jamie Dicks and Ayo Olukoga on for Kai Bichard, Charlie Grimme Yexley and Abdeen Abdul.

But Nathan Stewart netted a fourth for Norwich, before Olukoga grabbed some consolation for Boro 11 minutes from time with his second goal of the season.

Defeat saw Romford slip one place to 17th, but they remain 11 points clear of the bottom three with 10 matches to go and visit Thamesmead next weekend, after the two sides drew 1-1 at Ship Lane on January 11.

Martin took to the club’s online forum to post: “All I can say to the supporters who travelled today is sorry for such a poor performance, but thanks to one supporter who paid for the coach – you’re the best.”

Romford: Chafer, Boswell, Marfo, Parrish, Mallett, Adebayo, Bichard (Barry 64), Grimme Yexley (Dicks 63), McKenzie, Taylor, Abdul (Olukoga 64).

Unused sub: S Reynolds.

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