Boro get buzz back as Reynolds lends hand
PUBLISHED: 16:00 13 November 2015
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Legendary forward was in goal during the week and helped his side progress in the Essex Senior Cup
Although more used to scoring the goals for Romford, striker Nick Reynolds was more than happy to don the goalkeeper gloves in midweek to help the club get back to winning ways.
Reynolds had to go in goal against Waltham Abbey in the third round of the Essex Senior Cup with first choice Michael Gooch unavailable for the tie.
And he helped Paul Martin’s men keep a clean sheet and earn a 3-0 win to set up a fourth round clash at holders Concord Rangers.
It was exactly the type of result Boro wanted after losing 3-1 to Tilbury on Saturday and although they are without a match this weekend, the buzz is back in the Romford dressing room prior to hosting Thurrock on Tuesday.
Reynolds said: “It was good to get the win as the boys were a bit down after the Tilbury match.
“I think going 1-0 up against them seemed to kick them into life and we never responded to that.
“But after the Waltham Abbey game we had a buzz about us again and I hope we can keep hold of that and take it into our next game at home to Thurrock.”
Reynolds started up front against Tilbury and Chinedu McKenzie gave Boro the lead in the 48th minute.
The Dockers hit back, though, with Tony Martin, Emiel Aiken and Jack Carlile on target to earn a 3-1 triumph at Chadfields.
Romford are 16th in Ryman North after that result, but were able to celebrate against league rivals Waltham Abbey.
With Gooch absent, Reynolds went in goal for the second time this season, having played the first 45 minutes against Maldon & Tiptree back in September, but conceded twice as Boro fell to a 3-1 defeat.
This time he was more composed, however, and was able to celebrate at the final whistle.
Lee Weemes scored his first goal for Romford after four minutes and Chris Taylor doubled their lead in the 26th minute, before George Tubey ensured their place in round four by scoring eight minutes after the break.
“I wasn’t actually worried about going in goal as I already had an idea that I may be in from training on Monday,” added Reynolds.
“That gave me a bit of time to think things over and calm myself down, whereas the Maldon match I was put on the spot and over-thinking everything too much.
“Getting the clean sheet was a bonus. There were a few long shots in the first half and a couple of one-on-ones in the second, but other than that I was just sweeping up the through balls.”
Gooch will return for the clash against Thurrock, but Romford know in Reynolds they have a more than capable number two.
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