Romford rocked late on again
PUBLISHED: 15:00 24 August 2014
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Ryman Div 1N: Maldon 2 Romford 1
History repeated itself as Boro snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in Ryman One North.
Having conceded two late goals in a 2-1 loss at Waltham Abbey a week earlier, Paul Martin’s men did the same to suffer another reverse at Wallace Binder Field.
Ryan Imbert put Boro ahead just before the hour mark, but Tony Martin levelled three minutes from time and Leon McKenzie netted a last-minute winner for the home side.
Boro had the better of the first half, with Paul Clayton hitting the inside of a post following a goalmouth scramble on five minutes.
Imbert had shouts for a penalty ignored before Nick Reynolds went close with a header and Jack Barry went close to converting David Ottley’s cross.
Maldon broke out to force two good saves from Aaron Omand on the half hour mark, before Paul Preston limped off to be replaced by Jamie Dicks on 39 minutes.
George Cocklin shone in Boro’s midfield and the visitors saw Imbert and Reynolds efforts saved after the restart before Boro broke the deadlock on 58 minutes.
Dicks sent Abs Seymour free on the left and his cross was powered home by the in-form Imbert for his fifth goal of the campaign.
Maldon rallied and hit the woodwork twice in quick succession, before Barry headed another effort off the line and Omand produced a superb save to preserve his side’s lead.
Martin sent the fresh legs of Tom Richardson and Sam Kemp on for Matt Toms and Reynolds, respectively, in a bid to hold on for victory.
But Martin headed home from a late free-kick to get the hosts back on level terms and McKenzie nodded in a right-wing cross soon after.
Boro, following home wins over Burnham and Dereham, will look to get the better of Great Wakering at Ship Lane tomorrow.
Romford: Omand, Ottley, Preston (Dicks 39), Ishmail, Toms (Richardson 71), Clayton, Barry, Seymour, Imbert, Reynolds (Kemp 81), Cocklin. Unused: Tranter, Thomas.