Portway's debut double not enough for Romford
PUBLISHED: 19:19 29 August 2016 | UPDATED: 19:19 29 August 2016
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Ryman North: Romford 2 Ware 2
Charlie Portway’s debut brace was not enough to earn Romford victory over Ryman North rivals Ware, who grabbed a share of the spoils after being reduced to 10 men at Ship Lane.
Boro went into the Bank Holiday Monday action with only one point from their first three league matches this season, but boss Paul Martin handed a first start to Portway, son of non-league legend Steve.
And the youngster proved a chip off the old block as he netted either side of the interval to put the home side firmly on top.
Portway’s first goal in gold and blue, a header from a left-wing cross, ended a wait for five hours and seven minutes for Boro, who had held Hornchurch to a goalless stalemate on the opening day of the season and then lost at Waltham Abbey (1-0) and Aveley (3-0).
And having opened his account after 37 minutes of his debut, Portway doubled his tally just three minutes into the second half as he tapped in another left-winng centre.
Ryan Boswell missed a difficult chance to make it 3-0 and Ware hit back through Brian Haule on 53 minutes, only to then be reduced to 10 men as Alla Oudji Rose was given his marching orders on 64 minutes for a professional foul on Boswell.
But the visitors made light of their numerical inferiority as Murat Karagul got them back on level terms six minutes from time.
Substitute Nick Reynolds, who replaced Portway with 11 minutes remaining, had a late breakaway chance to win it for Romford, but was unable to take it as honours finished even.
The much-travelled Steve Portway netted 25 times in a Romford shirt, including three penalties, from just 33 appearances. But Charlie is on the way to surpassing that mark.
Boro goalkeeper Callum Chafer tweeted: “Gutted not to have got all 3 points. Costly errors!”
Boswell posted: “Positives to take from today we looked a lot more threatening going forward, good to get a chance right midfield, FA Cup time!”
Romford will now turn their attention to preparing for their FA Cup first qualifying roud tie at Ryman Premier Division outfit Harlow Town next weekend.
Romford: Chafer, Boswell, Preston, Potter, Toms, Thomas, Adebayo, Dicks (Cossington 68), McKenzie, Portway (Reynolds 79), Green. Subs: Bankole, Barry, Cossington, Mallet.