Romford women’s firsts edge thriller with Chelmsford

PUBLISHED: 13:00 25 October 2018

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Romford women’s firsts edged a five-goal thriller at Chelmsford fourths 3-2 in Essex Division Two.

Emma James had a great game up front with two goals, while Aleya Ali also got on the scoresheet.

In defence, Pippa Barrett performed admirably and was even able to provide an assist for one of the goals.

The women’s firsts return home on Saturday when they play host to Wapping sixths in their next league encounter.

Romford’s men’s firsts were also involved in an exciting game, but were on the wrong end of a 4-3 scoreline at Waltham Forest seconds in East Division Four South East.

With Stuart Boyling, David Humphreys and Tom Woodman absent, it left Romford’s defence slightly short on numbers.

Romford started brightly and dominated from the off, going 1-0 up through Ashley Meyer, before Alfie Harvey doubled their advantage.

Forest were soon able to pull one back, before a penalty flick from Meyer restored Romford’s two-goal advantage.

A determined display in goal from Donal Simmie seemed to have kept Romford on course for a win as he kept out everything the hosts threw at him.

However, Simmie’s efforts ultimately proved in vain as Forest produced a stirring comeback to triumph.

The men’s first are back at home this weekend as they play host to East London fourths in the league.

There was also a defeat for Romford’s men seconds, who lost 3-1 against Brentwood Academy despite a Rob Smith goal.

The seconds will hope for better luck on Saturday when they make the trip to Old Southendian fourths.

There was better news for the women’s seconds as they beat Chelmsford sevenths 4-1 with a superb display.

Kemi Olofinjana netted a fine hat-trick for Romford in the win, with Hannah Chester also on target.

The women’s seconds face a local derby in the league this weekend as they hit the road to Upminster fifths.

It looks set to be another busy week of action in their respective leagues for all of Romford’s men’s and women’s teams.

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