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Frew: Set piece goals prove costly

PUBLISHED: 17:00 12 January 2016

Romford's Matt Frew (right) and Nick Reynolds (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Romford's Matt Frew (right) and Nick Reynolds (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Injured Romford skipper reflects on 3-1 loss at Brightlingsea Regent and his fitness

Romford players line up before their match at BrightlingseaRomford players line up before their match at Brightlingsea

Romford captain Matt Frew admitted more lapses in concentration cost them at Brighlingsea Regent last weekend in the Ryman North.

The Boro skipper had to watch from the sidelines after struggling with a neck injury he suffered against Barkingide recently.

Paul Martin’s men trailed inside the opening 10 minutes at North Road as Phil Kelly headed in from a corner.

Nick Reynolds got the visitors back on level terms midway through the first half, however, following a fine finish.

But Romford couldn’t hold out until the break as Josh Gould scored from another corner to make it 2-1 at half time.

Although Boro pushed for an equaliser after the interval, Regent earned the points when Jake Clowsley scored their third 13 minutes from time.

Frew said: “Whether I am playing or not, I liked to go along with the boys being captain, but it was frustrating having to watch.

“They are a good side and went ahead, but we responded really well and Nick scored a good goal. The story of our season is lapses of concentration and it happened again because we conceded two goals from set pieces.

“It was two cheap goals to give away and even when I have been playing it has been the case so it is something that we must stop.”

Romford’s captain felt they always faced an uphill task at North Road, but didn’t help themselves because of the goals they conceded.

He tipped Brightlingsea to continue impressing, though, and believes they could finish in the play-off positions this season.

Frew added: “It has been our problem all season where we lose our marker and I can’t really put my finger on why, but we just made it a massive uphill battle for ourselves.

“It was one of those afterwards where we are pushing to get a goal and they go up the other end and get the third.

“Magic would have been happy with a draw I think because Brightlingsea are a good side and sure they will be up close to the play-offs at the end of the season.”

Boro are back in action again tomorrow evening when they entertain league leaders AFC Sudbury at Ship Lane.

Frew is hopeful of being fit for the clash after returning to training on Monday night, he added: “Seeing the physio has done the trick.

“I was at training last night and took part in the session with the boys. I was stiff in a few areas, but it was fine so I would like to think I am okay to play against Sudbury because that’s a big game.

“I am seeing the physio in the morning so hopefully I’ll get the thumbs up then but, I’m sure I’ll be alright to play.”

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