No Rovers return for Romford

PUBLISHED: 17:55 01 January 2015 | UPDATED: 17:55 01 January 2015

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: Daniel Hussey/THP Photo Imaging)

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: Daniel Hussey/THP Photo Imaging)

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Ryman North: Great Wakering Rovers 3 Romford 0

Romford began 2015 well beaten at Burroughs Park as Rovers completed a league double over Paul Martin’s men, whose winless run is now at seven matches.

Martin had claimed beforehand that he was not panicking at his side’s poor recent form, that has seen them slip down the table to just outside the relegation zone.

But he will be hoping for better when they welcome Maldon to Ship Lane on Saturday.

Only eight minutes had been played when Jay Nash found space on the edge of the box and sent a fine shot past Aaron Omand to open the scoring.

Omand had already denied Billy Johnson with a good save, while Boro had penalty appeals ignored.

And Nick Reynolds saw his shot from a Reece Cosson cross saved at his near post by Adam Seal as the visitors sought to get back on terms.

Joe Skeels shot straight at Omand, after an earlier shot was blocked by a Romford defender, but the visitors were applying pressure of their own only to take too long over a shooting chance before the break.

Nash sent a speculative attempt wide for Rovers, before Boro’s Sam Kemp found space on the right and fired just past the post.

But the home side doubled their advantage just before the interval when Nash got to the ball first on the left side of the box and, with Omand out of position, found the net for his second goal of the afternoon despite the efforts of a covering defender.

Omand saved at his near post early in the second half to deny Rovers a third, while Abs Seymour had a shot against the run of play tipped over by Seal at the other end.

And Boro had Omand to thank for keeping out a penalty from Nash, who was hoping to complete his hat-trick, on 75 minutes.

Boro’s joy was shortlived, though, as the resulting corner found its way to John Bradley and his touch helped it over the line.

Tom Ranger had a chance to add a fourth for the hosts late on, but dragged his effort from the edge of the box wide.

Romford: Omand, Kemp, Ishmail (Hayes 62), Toms, Cooper, Cocklin, Dicks, Seymour, Reynolds (Tranter 69), Hart (Akinshade 61), Cosson. Unused subs: Woodward, Sadiku.

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