Isthmian League: Felixstowe & Walton 1 Romford 2
PUBLISHED: 17:06 07 December 2019 | UPDATED: 10:00 08 December 2019
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Romford claimed only their second win of the Isthmian League North season against fellow strugglers Felixstowe on Saturday.
The visitors, with Jason Banton making his debut having signed from Braintree, began well after their long trip to the Suffolk coast, putting pressure on Danny Crump's goal.
And Glenn Tamplin's men opened the scoring midway through the first half through Dominic McHale, moments after he had been booked.
Armani Schaar got the home side back on level terms four minutes before the interval, but their joy was shortlived as Adam Morgan restored Romford's advantage on 43 minutes.
Michael Aziaya, Tambeson Eyong and Ryan Cresswell joined McHale in the book during the second half as Boro protected their slender lead in the face of heavy pressure from Felixstowe.
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And Morgan and debutant Ramon Rochester had their names taken late on as well, along with Jay Bacon and goalkeeper Manny Agboola, as the visitors battled to the final whistle and finished with eight yellow cards to their name.
Although still at the foot of the table, the win saw Boro close the gap on Felixstowe to four points, with two games in hand.
And it should ensure owner/manager Tamplin enjoys the family holiday that he jetted off to on Saturday night.
Romford: Agboola, Eyong, Aziaya (Bacon 75), Baker, Cresswell, Banton, McHale (Toussaint 81), Moncur, Cunnington (Rochester 86), Morgan, Ola.
Unused subs: Exley-Banks, Ditkevicius.