Rampant Romford cut down Forest

PUBLISHED: 08:19 14 August 2013 | UPDATED: 08:19 14 August 2013

Paul Clayton netted in Romford's win over Waltham Forest (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Paul Clayton netted in Romford's win over Waltham Forest (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Ryman Division 1N: Romford 4 Waltham Forest 0

Rampant Romford began their home campaign in style with a convincing display at Ship Lane last night.

Following a 3-0 defeat at Needham Market on the opening day of the season, Boro bounced back in style, netting three times in the first half on their way to a comfortable success on home turf.

Barely three minutes had been played when Abs Seymour found Luke Stanley on the right and he cut inside to test David Myers with a left-footed shot.

And Boro had strong claims for a penalty turned down two minutes later when Ryan Imbert latched on to a through ball from Robbie Norris, signed from landlords Thurrock, and was clattered just inside the box by Obeyemi Atta, only for referee Oliver Jackson to wave away their appeals.

Imbert ran on to Scott Truman’s ball over the top seconds later, but sent his lob over the crossbar, but Forest got a glimpse of goal on seven minutes as Hulusi Mustafa picked out Nathan Mukuwa on the right and his angled effort cleared the crossbar.

Oyetunti Oyewale showed some nice touches for the visitors, but the Boro defence managed to keep him at bay with some timely tackles before Mustafa was booked for his second bad tackle inside the opening 17 minutes.

Boro broke the deadlock midway through the half when the ball fell to Seymour just outside the box and he rifled a left-footed shot into the top corner.

And it was no more than they deserved after having the edge in terms of possession and territory to that point.

Imbert dragged a 20-yard effort wide of the near post, after rolling his marker to collect Kurt Smith’s pass, but Boro doubled their advantage on 25 minutes when Norris helped the ball onto Seymour and he found Smith unmarked in the box to steer the ball inside the far post.

A sweeping move on 39 minutes saw the busy Seymour spread the ball from left to right for Stanley, who put David Ottley into some space to fire a well-struck shot at Myers.

And Boro had the ball in the net again moments later, only for Imbert’s header from a Stanley cross to be ruled out by an offside flag.

James Ishmail then sent a header, from a deep Seymour free-kick, the wrong side of the post, but Forest did not heed the warning as Boro went 3-0 up on the stroke of half time.

Seymour swung in another free-kick from the right and Ishmail glanced it goalwards for Paul Clayton to nod home from close range at the far post.

After so much excitement in the opening period, the first 10 minutes of the second half were largely devoid of incident.

But then Norris sent a perfectly weighted pass through for Imbert to outpace the Forest defence and fire home via the inside of the right-hand post for Boro’s fourth before limping off to be replaced by Joel Palmer.

Paul Martin made a second change with 19 minutes left, sending Lewis Francis on for the impressive Stanley and Palmer stabbed just wide from a low Seymour free kick seconds later.

Forest got a rare sight of goal with six minutes left, after Ottley and Scott Truman were caught out on halfway, and Oyewale teed up Mukuwa, but Atu Ngoy was alert to the danger and blocked well just inside his box to preserve his clean sheet.

Ngoy had a let-off on 87 minutes, though, when his attempted clearance was blocked by Oyewale, who fired wide of the gaping net.

Romford: Ngoy, Ottley, Woodward, Truman, Ishmail (Oates 78), Clayton, Norris, Seymour, Imbert (Palmer 60), Stanley (Francis 71), Smith.

Unused subs: Richardson, Ormand, Newson.

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