No Magpies reward for Romford
PUBLISHED: 10:30 24 January 2016
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Ryman North: Dereham Town 1 Romford 0
Romford made the long trip back from Norfolk empty-handed after conceding a late goal to the Magpies.
The Aldiss Park pitch passed a 10.30am inspection, but conditions were still heavy for both sides.
Dereham went close after just three minutes when Frazer Blake-Tracy saw his low cross put wide by Ryan Crisp.
Rhys Logan fired straight at Michael Gooch from another Blake-Tracy centre midway through the first half, while Boro forced Will Viner into his first notable action of the match on 25 minutes when debutant Ade Cole saw hiw low drive saved.
Cole sent a 25-yard effort wide, before Gooch’s double save denied Crisp and Luke Winter and the pair then combined to create a chance for Logan, who was off-target.
Dereham were awarded a penalty on the stroke of half time when Crisp was upended in the box by Ryan Boswell, but Gooch produced a good diving save to keep out Luke Tuttle’s spot-kick – his fourth penalty save of the season – to keep the scoreline blank.
And the Boro keeper came to the rescue again with an excellent save to deny Crisp’s firm angled attempt.
The visitors got a sight of goal again when Akwasi Marfo played Nick Reynolds through, but Matt Holland produced a timely intervention to prevent the striker.
And Boro enjoyed their best spell as Reynolds sent a ball in from the right across the face of goal and George Woodward’s 30-yard attempt drifted wide.
Tuttle almost got Winter into a scoring position on 69 minutes, before the breakthrough came with 12 minutes remaining when Blake-Tracy’s cross found defender Jake Anema and his low drive from 25 yards found the bottom left corner of the net.
Marfo had a shot deflected wide as Boro enjoyed plenty of possession around the Dereham box but could not seriously test Viner.
Paul Martin’s men return to Ship Lane to host Thamesmead next weekend.
Romford: Gooch, Boswell, Woodward, Frew (Besfort 85), Potter, Anderson, Cole, Taylor (Talha 78), Reynolds (Ellul 78), McKenzie, Marfo.