Bostik North: Witham Town 2 Romford 0
PUBLISHED: 17:43 08 December 2018
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Romford were made to pay the penalty after falling to defeat against bottom club Witham at Spa Road.
Boro had fallen to successive 4-1 defeats against Maldon and Brentwood over the previous week, extending their winless streak in the league to eight matches – during which they had taken just a single point.
Witham, on the other hand, had beaten Sudbury to end an eight-match winless run in all competitions.
Five previous trips to Spa Road had ended in two draws and three defeats for Boro, with their only goals coming in a 3-3 draw in 2015-16 when they rallied from being three goals down at the interval.
And manager Paul Martin made no fewer than five changes to his starting line-up, with James Scammell replacing Rhys Hughes in goal, as Nathan Joseph, Henry Fisher, Malaki Toussaint and Max Bradford also came in.
George Forrest, Danny Nesbitt and Chris Taylor all dropped to the bench, while Greg Akpele was left out of the matchday squad, and Boro produced a good first-half display, pushing the hosts back but failing to make a breakthrough.
But the second half was only two minutes old when they fell behind as Sam Ashford netted from the spot for the home side.
And Ashford repeated the trick on 57 minutes, converting a second penalty to seal the points for Witham, who remain bottom but are only two points behind Romford in 17th place, who are now looking nervously over their shoulders.
Boro host high-flying Heybridge Swifts, managed by former West Ham star Julian Dicks, next weekend.
Romford: Scammell, Joseph, Fisher (Lemba 74), Potter, Olukoga, Cossington, Toussaint, Bradford (Daly 82), Reynolds, Cleal (Taylor 82), Hammond. Unused subs: Nesbitt, Forrest.