Romford draw blank on Bank Holiday weekend

Successive defeats for Boro

Romford were left empty-handed after successive defeats in Ryman Division One North over the Easter weekend.

Keeper Adam Rafis and Chris Thomas were credited with own goals in a 3-1 home defeat against play-off chasing Sudbury on Saturday.

And Boro slumped to a seventh defeat in eight at lowly Ilford yesterday, going down 3-2.

Abs Seymour cancelled out the Foxes opener in the 75th minute, but the home side then netted twice in quick succession and Alex Read’s late reply was little consolation for the visitors.

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Ben Turner netted from the spot at the weekend to cancel out the Rafis own goal, but Ryan Henshaw headed Sudbury back in front with 19 minutes left and Thomas sealed the points with a header into his own net.

Boro wrap up their campaign with a home game against Thamesmead on Saturday, when they would need a big win and heavy defeat for Heybridge to finish inside the top 10.

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Hornchurch fared better in the Premier Division as they collected four of a possible six points.

But that haul came too late to save their play-off aspirations, which ended after a 1-1 draw with Kingstonian on Saturday.

Captain Elliot Styles gave Urchins a first-minute lead, but Bobby Traynor earned Ks a point from the penalty spot.

Urchins all but condemned Aveley to the drop with a 4-1 win at Mill Field yesterday.

Lewis Smith opened the scoring in the 43rd minute, with Jonathan Hunt netting two minutes after half-time.

Martin Tuohy made it 3-0 five minutes later, before Smith completed a highly productive spell just past the hour.

Aveley replied late on but Jimmy McFarlane’s men, now tenth, could still finish the season in eighth place if they beat lowly Maidstone on Saturday and other results go in their favour.

But Millers – despite a 1-0 win at Concord on Saturday – need to beat relegation rivals Hastings by eight goals on Saturday to leapfrog them and climb out of the bottom four.

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