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Ishmail delighted with Romford rescue act

PUBLISHED: 09:19 20 March 2017 | UPDATED: 09:19 20 March 2017

James Ishmail celebrates his late equaliser for Romford against Heybridge (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

James Ishmail celebrates his late equaliser for Romford against Heybridge (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Centre-back’s injury-time equaliser ‘felt like a winner’

Romford’s James Ishmail admitted it felt great to net a last-gasp equaliser against Ryman North rivals Heybridge Swifts on Saturday.

The centre-back fired home in the fifth minute of injury time to secure a 3-3 draw, after Ryan Mallett had only netted Romford’s second moments earlier.

And Ishmail said his goal almost felt like a winning effort, saying: “It was brilliant feeling to chip in with that equaliser.

“Being 3-1 down in the 93rd minute and to score a 95th-minute equaliser felt like a winner!

“As I back-peddled away when I celebrated I could see the bench were all up and the rest of the lads were sprinting over so I knew I had to brace myself for a bundle!”

And it proved a fairytale return for long-serving Ishmail, as Boro extended their unbeaten run to four matches following three successive wins.

“I’ve been a bit unlucky with injuries this season and Saturday was my first game back for about a month,” he added.

“The legs were very heavy when the ball fell to me so I just struck it as hard as I could and I must have mishit it because it went in!”

Romford had made a bright start, with new signing David Fallah giving them a third-minute lead.

But Heybridge hit back with three unanswered goals before the interval to take control and looked set for all three points as normal time drew to a close.

Ryan Mallett’s first goal in a Romford shirt set up the frantic finish, capped by Ishmail’s wonder strike.

He added: “Other than Fallah who I thought was top drawer on his debut, we were pretty poor in the first half and made things far too easy for them. “Going in 3-1 down at half time we knew it was going to be an uphill battle to get back into the game, but we stayed positive and played with a great appetite and eventually got the result our second-half performance deserved.”


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