Ten-man Romford get better of Bury
PUBLISHED: 08:22 26 March 2017
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Romford 1 Bury Town 0
Another Chinedu McKenzie goal and some crucial saves by Callum Chafer helped 10-man Romford beat Ryman North rivals Bury at Ship Lane.
The home side saw Jonathan Adebayo given his marching orders midway through the second half, but held on for the points to extend their unbeaten run to five matches and move up to 13th place in the table, with five matches remaining.
Chafer was called into early action to make three good saves, as both defences looked vulnerable on a blustery day.
The visitors missed the target with other chances, while Abdeen Abdul fired over for the hosts and Chris Taylor headed wide from McKenzie’s fine cross.
McKenzie had a shot saved and Ayo Olukoga failed to convert the rebound, before newcomer David Fallah went close twice in quick succession towards the end of the first half.
Bury went close soon after the restart, from a short corner routine, but Boro broke the deadlock on 56 minutes when Akwasi Marfo made ground on the left and swapped passes with Adebayo, before playing in Abdul.
He beat his man and crossed for McKenzie to squeeze a header past a couple of defenders and the unsighted keeper for his 29th goal of the season.
McKenzie might have hit the 30 mark moments later when in a good position to double Romford’s lead, but put his left-footed shot wide of the far post.
Boro were then reduced to 10 men on 65 minutes when Adebayo was dismissed to the fury of home players and supporters, who felt a Bury defender had escaped with only a yellow card for a similar offence moments earlier.
Paul Martin’s men dug deep in defence as Bury looked to make their extra man count, with a fierce shot coming back off the crossbar on 82 minutes.
And man of the match Chafer was on hand to produce some excellent late saves with hands and feet to preserve his clean sheet and help lift Boro further up the table.
Romford: Chafer, Boswell, Marfo, Ishmail, Potter, Adebayo, Olukoga, Fallah (Browne-Sykes 46), McKenzie (Reynolds 82), Taylor, Abdul (Mallett 79). Unused subs: Parrish, Barry.