Late show earns Romford point
PUBLISHED: 21:56 24 September 2014 | UPDATED: 21:56 24 September 2014
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Ryman One North: Romford 2 Cray Wanderers 2
A stunning strike from Abs Seymour rescued a point for Romford at Ship Lane in the Ryman One North as they drew 2-2 with Cray Wanderers.
Cray were the better side for much of the game and were two up through Adrian Stone and Shaun Welford before Tom Richardson pulled one back from the penalty spot in the 78th minute.
And then four minutes from time, Seymour fired home from outside the area to give Paul Martin’s side an unlikely point.
The Boro boss made seven changes to the side that was beaten by Aveley at the weekend, with their FA Cup tie against Kingstonian most likely taking top priority.
The hosts started extremely poorly and Cray’s Kerry Kedze fired wired inside the opening minute before Welford tried to beat Boro’s Aaron Omand, but couldn’t get enough power on his shot.
Welford went close again soon after but he headed over after great play by Marlon Patterson on the left, as Romford remained on the backfoot.
Adrian Stone went close in the 26th minute and three minutes later he opened the scoring but it was a goal Romford could easily have avoided.
Jamie Dicks wanted too much time on the ball and was disapossed inside his own half, Dan Stubbs brought the ball forward and tested Omand with a low, hard drive.
The Boro keeper pushed his effort out but unfortunately Stone was unmarked and able to turn the ball home to give Cray a deserved lead.
Omand prevented it from being two shortly afterwards when Patterson let fly from outside the box but the Romford keeper was able to kick his deflected effort away.
Boro ended the half strongly but failed to make the most of three successive corners, though Nathan Cooper did test Cray’s Darren Behcet with a close range header but it was 1-0 at the break.
Martin introduced Paul Preston after the interval but that failed to prevent Cray doubling their advantage ten minutes into the second half.
Romford switched off, with Scott Truman down injured inside his own box, and Patterson was given too much time on the ball and he crossed in for Welford, who headed past Omand to make it 2-0.
The hosts responded and captain Jack Barry nearly reduced the arrears in the 67th minute but Stubbs cleared his flicked effort off the line before the skipper went close again when Richardson and Eddie Hart linked up on the left but Behcet was able to push his effort out.
With Romford’s chances seeming over, they were handed a lifeline when Dicks was taken down inside the box by Giannoulis Fakinos.
Richardson stepped up and slotted the penalty in the corner to halve the deficit and Romford stepped up their efforts after the goal and were rewarded four minutes from time.
Seymour unleashed a breathtaking strike from way outside the area to get Boro back on level terms but that wasn’t the end of the drama.
Welford had a great chance to give Cray the lead in the 90th minute but Omand made a vital block to keep the scores level and Romford couldn’t find a late winner and were forced to settle for a point, which seemed unlikely before the 78th minute.
Romford: Omand, Cooper, Seymour, Truman, Dicks, Ishmail, Barry (Norris 74), Hart, Reynolds (Preston 46), Richardson, Tranter.
Unused substitutes: Ottley, Toms.