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Bostik North: Brentwood 2 Romford 1

PUBLISHED: 17:37 21 April 2018 | UPDATED: 17:41 21 April 2018

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Romford were left on the brink of relegation after derby defeat at Brentwood left them five points adrift of resurgent Norwich United at the foot of the table.

Having seen a six-match unbeaten run brought to an end in midweek after a 1-0 loss at Witham Town, Boro boss Paul Martin was forced to play striker Nick Reynolds in goal, with Rob Budd and others unavailable.

And Reynolds, the club’s all-time leading goalscorer since their 1992 reformation with 70, was picking the ball out of his own net after only four minutes as Tony Stokes put Blues ahead with the aid of a deflection.

Boro, with striker Kris Newby back in their starting line-up after suspension for a debut sending-off, hit back four minutes later, though, as Carlos Djalo netted and it remained all square at the break.

Brentwood regained the lead on the hour mark with a second goal from Stokes and Romford could not find a reply this time.

Meanwhile, Norwich United ran out 3-1 winners at home against Sudbury, following their 4-1 win at Canvey on Tuesday, to take a big step towards survival at Romford’s expense.

Boro host Grays at Ship Lane on Wednesday, but their fate could already be secured by then as Norwich United entertain Heybridge Swifts 24 hours earlier.

Brentwood: T Brown, Cuthbert, L Brown, Gibbs, Martin, Hall (Jones 30), Hilton (Stanley 49), McCabe, Stokes, Hunter (Ranger 63), Foster. Unused subs: Evident, Robson.

Romford: N Reynolds, Nzengo, Mvemba, Okoye, Potter, Heather (Marfo 77), Olukoga, Newby, Taylor, Djalo, Okoh (Gjini 89). Unused subs: Clarke, Akpele, Onokwai.

Attendance: 126.

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