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Derby delight for Romford youngsters

PUBLISHED: 17:06 19 March 2012

Romford enjoyed a derby win at Chelmsford

Romford enjoyed a derby win at Chelmsford

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Hat-trick heroes lift under-16s

Chelmsford 5 Romford 8

Hat-tricks from Glenn Billing and Jake Sylvester helped Romford’s youngsters to Essex derby glory yesterday.

Romford took an early lead through Billing on a powerplay and he then centred from the right for Sylvester to produce a cool finish at the far post as Chelmsford hit more penalty trouble.

The home side hit back through Bailey Chittock and it was all square in the second period when Ellis Swainsbury followed up to score.

Denis Bell-Blake denied Edward Lay and Swainsbury on a Chelmsford powerplay, but could not stop Chittock’s slapshot whistling inside the near post for a 3-2 lead.

Romford were quickly back on terms as Toms Rutkis fired home and they took the lead on a delayed penalty call.

Lawrence Reffell caught Sebastian Downing with an elbow against the boards and Billing skated clear on the right wing to score with a backhand shot.

Swainsbury squeezed a shot through the pads of Bell-Blake to make it 4-4 less than two minutes later.

But the final period was only 81 seconds old when Romford regained the advantage with a superb solo goal by Rutkis.

Billing sent Sylvester clear to make it 6-4 just 25 seconds later, then completed his hat-trick when his left-wing centre went in off a Chelmsford defenceman.

The home side replied with a hotly-disputed goal just seven seconds later but Romford had the last laugh as good link-up play between Olegs Lascenko and Billing created the chance for Sylvester to squeeze his shot home at the far post and complete his treble.


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