Night to forget for Romford

PUBLISHED: 10:01 22 October 2015 | UPDATED: 10:01 22 October 2015

Romford manager Paul Martin and assistant Mark Lord (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Romford manager Paul Martin and assistant Mark Lord (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Ryman North: Romford 0 Aveley 5

Romford had a night to forget in the Ryman North as they were heavily beaten by rivals Aveley at Ship Lane.

The two teams play just a short distance away from each other, but unfortunately Paul Martin’s men left their shooting boots at home.

After beating rivals Redbridge on Saturday, Boro would have been confident going into their clash against the Millers.

Jamie Dicks and Abys Seymour, former Romford favourites, started for the visitors and it was a frantic opening at Ship Lane.

Nick Reynolds fizzed a long range effort wide before Aveley’s Billy Holland had a goal disallowed for offside.

The opener came with 20 minutes played when another former Boro man, Paul Preston, crossed into the box and Matt Frew headed past his own goalkeeper.

Martin’s men responded, however, and Luke Stanley tested James Marrable in the Millers goal before Aveley scored their second five minutes before the break.

Liam Nash volleyed past Michael Gooch to make it 2-0 at half time and give Romford an uphill battle in the second period.

Boro pushed to pull one back but were punished again on the hour mark as another Preston cross caused danger and Holland was on hand to tap in his second.

Two minutes later and things got worst as Nash beat Frew before smashing past Gooch to make it 4-0 with 62 minutes gone at Ship Lane.

Dan Cossington hit the post for Martin’s side moments later before Reynolds failed to hit the target from six-yards out.

It felt like it had been one of those frustrating nights for Romford who, despite creating chances, just couldn’t find the net.

Chinedu McKenzie headed a decent opportunity wide with 16 minutes remaining before Holland hit Aveley’s fifth and his second from outside the area.

With four minutes left McKenzie went close again, hitting the post before Marrable smartly saved from substitute Liam Burgess.

Joe Scott should have pulled one back for Romford two minutes later as he tackled the Millers goalkeeper, but somehow fired over the crossbar.

Despite more late Aveley pressure, they couldn’t add another and Boro were left to reflect on a 5-0 defeat that certainly seemed like it could have been a lot closer.

Martin’s side remain 15th in the table ahead of facing Bury Town this weekend with 17 points to their name.

Romford: Gooch, Boswell, Woodward, Frew (Norris 67), Potter, Cossington, Giddings (Scott 67), Stanley, Reynolds (Burgess 67), McKenzie, Marfo.

Unused substitutes: Tubey, Culham.

Attendance: 91

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