Hallett hammers Romford

PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 December 2015 | UPDATED: 12:01 13 December 2015

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Ryman North: Romford 1 Cheshunt 3

Jason Hallett’s nine-minute hat-trick sent Romford to defeat at Ship Lane.

Boro boss Paul Martin had asked his side to pick up four points from their last two games before Christmas, but had also spoken of the dangers of Hallett and Stuart Zanone in the build-up to this match and saw his worst fears realised.

Martin made five changes to the side that had started the Essex Senior Cup tie at Concord in midweek, bringing in Richard Wray, Luke Stanley, Tom Potter, Jamie Dicks and Jake Giddings, as Harry Culham, Mosho Olafunisle, George Tubey, Lee Weemes and Nick Reynolds made way following the 6-0 loss to the National League South outfit.

But the home side fell behind on 14 minutes as hot-shot Hallett opened his account.

Boro were back on level terms just four minutes later, though, thanks to Tom Fletcher’s own goal.

But their joy was shortlived as Hallett restored Concord’s lead midway through the first half and made it 3-1, completing his treble, a minute later.

The hosts could not find a way back in the second half, despite having the wind in their favour, and victory lifted Cheshunt up to fifth, while defeat leaves Romford in 17th place, six points above the relegation zone.

Boro host Soham Town Rangers next weekend and the Cambridgeshire club are just below them on goal difference.

Martin will be keen for his side to avoid falling any further down the table before the festive period.

Romford: Wray, Stanley, Woodward, Frew, Potter, Dicks (Reynolds 66), Giddings (Taylor 76), Farrell, Burgess, McKenzie, Marfo (Scott 72).

Unused subs: Olafunisle, Scott, Taylor.

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