Bostik North: Soham Town 1 Romford 1

PUBLISHED: 17:30 31 March 2018

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

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

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Romford claimed a third successive draw after coming from behind at Julius Martin Lane thanks to a late Nick Reynolds goal on Saturday.

Having rallied for a 1-1 draw against Sudbury at Ship Lane a week earlier and picked up a share of the spoils from a goalless stalemate at Mildenhall in midweek – their first clean sheet in the league this season – Boro travelled to Cambridgeshire after the pitch passed an early morning inspection.

Manager Paul Martin made two changes to his starting line-up, as Reynolds and new signing Kris Newby came into the side as Greg Akpele and Chiduben Onokwai dropped to the bench.

But he was forced into another change inside the first half-hour as Tom Potter was replaced by Kieran Simms.

Soham had to make an early substitution as well, before both sides were reduced to 10 men on 36 minutes as the home side’s Will Gardner and Newby were shown red cards.

The scoreline remained blank at the break as the two sides came to terms with the double dismissal, with Martin making the first change just before the hour as Akpele went on for Kai Heather.

Soham broke the deadlock four minutes later through Lewis Clayton, with the Boro boss sending Carlos Djalo on for Sam Mvemba with 17 minutes remaining.

And Romford got their reward on 80 minutes as record goalscorer Reynolds beat Josh Pope – brother of Burnley goalkeeper Nick – to claim his second of the season and 70th overall for the club.

The point leaves them five adrift of Norwich United, having played one game more, and six behind Cheshunt with a game in hand, following their 3-0 loss at Sudbury.

Romford return to Ship Lane on Easter Monday to host Grays Athletic, who saw their home match with Barking at Aveley’s Parkside ground abandoned by the referee when they were 1-0 up in the second half.

Romford: Budd, Nzengo, Mvemba (Djalo 73), Okoye, Potter (Simms 29), Taylor, Heather (Akpele 58), Olukoga, N Reynolds, Okoh, Newby. Unused subs: Onokwai, Cossington.

Attendance: 184.

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