Bostik North: Romford 0 Dereham Town 2

PUBLISHED: 19:08 10 February 2018 | UPDATED: 19:09 10 February 2018

Romford manager Paul Martin looks on at Ship Lane (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Romford manager Paul Martin looks on at Ship Lane (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Romford slumped to a sixth successive defeat in all competitions to remain just one point above bottom club Cheshunt in Bostik North.

Having conceded 17 goals in their previous three losses to leaders Hornchurch, Aveley and Bostik Premier title hopefuls Billericay – in their Essex Senior Cup semi-final in midweek – Boro gave a debut to Aaron Waters, a new signing from Tilbury, and included another newcomer in Rob Budd on the bench.

And having earned a point in the earlier meeting between the two sides in Norfolk, Boro kept the visitors at bay until just before the interval when Sam Borrer opened the scoring.

Dereham doubled their advantage midway through the second half when Ryan Crisp netted, but they were reduced to 10 men soon after when Seamus Kelleher was given his marching orders.

Paul Martin’s men could not make any inroads despite their extra man, though, and Dereham took the points back to Norfolk to move up to fourth in the table.

Romford are still looking over their shoulders, meanwhile, after basement boys Cheshunt saw their match at Barking postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Mayesbrook Park.

Both sides have now played 30 matches and Boro are set to visit Hertford Town on Tuesday, with trips to Waltham Abbey and Heybridge Swifts to follow before their next Ship Lane fixture against Barking on February 24.

Romford: May, Olukoga, Mvemba, Cossington, Waters, Kyungu, Heather, Nzengo, Taylor, Austin, Hammond. Subs: Tiranhu, Jeakins, Gjini, Clarke, Budd.

Attendance: 58.

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