Bostik North: Romford 1 Sudbury 1

PUBLISHED: 11:25 25 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:25 25 March 2018

Ayodeji Olukoga celebrates scoring  for Romford against Sudbury (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Ayodeji Olukoga celebrates scoring for Romford against Sudbury (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Romford came from behind to earn a point in their battle for survival at Ship Lane.

Following news about an agreement to play home matches at East Thurrock’s Rookery Hill ground next season, they saw kick-off delayed until 4.20pm due to problems on the M25.

And the visitors appeared less affected by the hold-up, despite their longer than expected journey from Suffolk.

Ryan Horne hit a post on 11 minutes, while other chances were put high and wide of Rob Budd’s goal.

Boro’s best chances fell to Greg Akpele and Chiduben Onokwai, who forced Walker to produce good saves as the first half remained goalless.

Sudbury struck first eight minutes after the restart when clearing a Romford corner and seeing Phil Kelly put through to score.

Kai Heather fired wide for the hosts and forced Walker into action again, before Ayo Olukoga had an effort ruled out for offside.

Olukoga was able to celebrate later, though, as he fired home from Onokwai’s pass on 79 minutes.

Budd produced a good save six minutes from time to deny Sudbury a winner, but Boro saw Danny Cossington taken off on a stretcher in the final minute with a knee injury.

And relegation rivals Brentwood and Cheshunt both claimed wins, while Norwich drew with Waltham Abbey to keep Paul Martin’s men six points adrift at the foot of the table ahead of Tuesday’s trip to in-form Mildenhall.

Romford: Budd, Nzengo, Marfo (Mvemba 46), Cossington, Potter (Taylor 80), Olukoga, Heather, Gjini (Okoye 70), Onokwai, Okoh, Akpele. Unused subs: Daly, Jeakins.

Attendance: 54.

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