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Brave Romford go unrewarded

PUBLISHED: 08:07 23 February 2015 | UPDATED: 08:07 23 February 2015

Abs Seymour of Romford challenges for the ball at Sudbury (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

Abs Seymour of Romford challenges for the ball at Sudbury (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

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Ryman North: Sudbury 3 Romford 0

Nick Reynolds in action for Romford at Sudbury (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)Nick Reynolds in action for Romford at Sudbury (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

Understrength Romford put up a brave fight in Suffolk, but could not avoid falling to another defeat against high-flying Sudbury.

Having seen Paul Clayton hang up his boots and George Cocklin and Reece Tranter move on, manager Paul Martin made six changes to his starting line-up, including handing a debut to Joe Ewenson, son of club vice chairman Colin.

Jack Grant made only his second appearance for Boro, whose makeshift defence included Sam Kemp at right-back and Chris Barry at left-back.

And Nick Reynolds captained the side in the absence of the suspended Jack Barry, going close to breaking the deadlock on 19 minutes when his superb header came back off a post from Kemp’s cross.

Callum Ibe of Romford on the attack at Sudbury (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)Callum Ibe of Romford on the attack at Sudbury (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

Grant spurned two chances to put the hard-working visitors ahead as the first half ended goalless.

But the home side got their noses in front six minutes after the restart through Terry Rymer.

Abs Seymour was booked for the eighth time this season soon after and Boro were left with a mountain to climb when Nathan Cooper turned the ball into his own net just past the hour mark.

Martin gave Tom Lamb his Romford debut with a quarter of an hour remaining, replacing stand-in skipper Reynolds.

Nathan Cooper of Romford heads the ball at Sudbury (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)Nathan Cooper of Romford heads the ball at Sudbury (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

And Boro went close to a reply when Cooper forced a fine save from Marcus Garnham, before the visitors conceded a thrid goal in stopage time as Stefano Mallardo gave Sudbury a flattering margin of victory.

Defeat left Romford in the bottom three on goal difference beneath Barkingside, who have five games in hand after their home match with Brightlingsea Regent was called off due to a waterlogged pitch at Cricklefield Stadium.

Romford, with only one win in their last 15 outings, are due to welcome Wroxham to Ship Lane next Saturday.

Romford: Omand, Kemp, C Barry, Ishmail, Cooper, Ewenson, Grant, Seymour, Reynolds (Lamb 75), Hart, Ibe. Unused subs: Cosson, Jones, Hazlewood, Woodward.

*Hornchurch saw their Ryman Premier Division clash with Canvey postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Bridge Avenue.

Urchins remain in the bottom four, three points adrift of Witham, and turn their attentions to the Essex Senior Cup semi-finals on Tuesday when they are due to entertain holders Concord.


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