McKenzie treble helps Romford sink Yachtsmen
PUBLISHED: 19:36 10 December 2016 | UPDATED: 20:58 10 December 2016
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Romford 4 Wroxham 1
Chinedu McKenzie hit a hat-trick and Nick Reynolds equalled the club scoring record as Romford claimed three vital Ryman North points against bottom club Wroxham at Ship Lane.
Having seen their long unbeaten home record ended by Bowers, in manager Paul Martin’s 450th match in charge, and then suffered heavy losses in their last two league matches against Haringey Borough (7-1) and Soham Town Rangers (4-1), Boro went into the match inside the bottom three but on the back of an encouraging display at Premier Division side Tonbridge in the league cup in midweek.
Reynolds and Greg Akpele had put them 2-0 up against Angels, who hit back to force a penalty shoot-out, which they then won.
And Romford they took the lead midway through the first half back on their own turf when McKenzie beat Elliot Pride in the visiting goal for his first goal of the afternoon.
The Yachtsmen conceded a penalty just past the half-hour mark, allowing McKenzie to double Romford’s tally from the spot with his 18th goal of the season to leave Paul Martin’s men on top at the interval.
And Boro went 3-0 up six minutes into the second half when Nick Reynolds netted his seventh goal of the campaign and equalled the club’s scoring record since their 1992 reformation, claiming his 67th career goal to move level with Danny Benstock.
Ross Gilfedder hit back for Wroxham on 57 minutes, beating Callum Chafer from the penalty spot, but Boro restored their three-goal cushion midway through the half when McKenzie completed his hat-trick.
And there was little doubt about the destination of the points after that, as Boro moved seven points clear of the basement boys ahead of their trip to VCD Athletic on Tuesday.
Romford: Chafer, Boswell, Dicks, Cossington, Ishmail, Bichard, Adebayo, Akpele, McKenzie, Reynolds, Green. Unused subs: Olukoga, Taylor, Barry, Age, Mallet.
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