Bostik North: Romford 1 Waltham Abbey 2
PUBLISHED: 18:23 02 December 2017 | UPDATED: 18:23 02 December 2017
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Romford had a goal controversially disallowed as they fell to defeat against Waltham Abbey on Saturday.
It was a lively start to the first half at Ship Lane and the game was just five minutes old when referee Craig Kissi waved away a Romford penalty appeal after an apparent trip on Garrett Kelly.
It was the visitors who took the lead, though, on 11 minutes with an unbelievable strike from Nathan Koranteng.
The winger shifted the ball on the edge of the Boro box before rifling his shot into the top corner giving new Romford stopper Inam Kharel no chance.
Things almost got worse for the home side five minutes later when the ball was knocked down for Darelle Russell to strike straight at Kharel.
But on the half-hour mark, controversy kicked in as Abbey stopper Hugo Rossetti’s clearance struck Harry Daly and trickled into the back of his own net.
However, the flag had already been raised against Boro forward Chris Taylor after he made an initial movement towards the ball over the top. And after consultation the decision stood, which sent the home supporters into fury.
Their anger was compounded three minutes later when Shad Ngandu raced through and calmly slotted past Kharel to put Abbey two goals ahead.
Romford went searching for a way back in the second half with centre-back Danny Cossington leading the charge.
The defender had a flicked header brilliantly saved by Rossetti after Daly’s launched ball into the box.
Then with 15 minutes to play he went even closer when another header was cleared off the line by a bundle of Abbey defenders.
Boro eventually got themselves back in the game with seven minutes to play when Craig Jeaking placed the ball past Rossetti after he was played through by Daly.
The home side failed to find an equaliser, though, as the visitors held out for the three points and another home defeat leaves Paul Martin’s Romford rooted to the bottom of the table.
Romford: Kharel, Olukoga, Mvemba, Cossington, Finneran (Tombides), Ishmail, Adebiyojo (Jeakins), Nzengo, Taylor (Djalo), Daly, Kelly. Unused subs: Atkinson, Bichard.