Bostik North: Romford 1 Aveley 1
PUBLISHED: 16:59 18 November 2017 | UPDATED: 16:59 18 November 2017
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Romford extended their unbeaten run to four matches thanks to a late goal from Ayodeji Olukoga.
Having drawn with high-flying Haringey and Dereham Town, before beating Canvey in the Essex Senior Cup, Boro returned to home turf in high spirits to host neighbours Aveley.
Leyton Orient loanee Arthur Janata collected an early header from Alex Teniola, while Garrett Kelly dragged Romford’s first attempt wide at the other end on eight minutes.
Janata’s low save then denied Robbie Rees, who sent an unmarked header over the crossbar on 15 minutes.
Rees had another effort deflected wide as the visitors continued to pose more of a threat and Janata had to make a fingertip save to keep out Freddie Gard’s low drive on the half-hour mark.
The second half was only three minutes old when Teniola’s shot was blocked by Michael Finneran, but Boro then forced Rhys Madden to make two good saves, tipping Carlos Djalo’s shot over and then also denying Finneran’s header from the resulting corner.
Gard played Rees through on goal on 53 minutes, but Janata saved with his legs to keep the scoreline blank, then Madden was forced into action again four minutes later when Finneran tried his luck for the hosts.
But Aveley opened the scoring just past the hour when a cross in from Connor Hogan was met by Teniola, who produced a strong run and shot to test Janata again midway through the second half.
George Doyle curled a free-kick just over Romford’s crossbar on 75 minutes, but the hosts threw bodies forward and substitute Harry Daly had an effort saved by Madden.
And Boro got themselves back on level terms in the closing minutes when Aveley failed to clear their lines and Olukoga smashed the ball home.
Millers had a chance to snatch victory in stoppage time, but Teniola and Gard were unable to capitalise as Boro ended with a share of the spoils.
Romford: Janata, Olukoga, Atkinson, Cossington, Finneran, Ishmail, Kelly, Nzengo, Djalo, Giwa (Daly 63), Mvemba. Unused subs: Taylor, Jeakins, Shilling, S Reynolds.
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