Reynolds relief at Romford win
PUBLISHED: 07:52 09 March 2015
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Ryman North: Romford 3 Chatham 1
Romford striker Nick Reynolds is hoping their win over Chatham can launch a run to safety in Ryman North.
Reynolds came off the bench to seal a 3-1 win at Ship Lane with his fifth goal of the season, after Abs Seymour and Loui Hazelwood had struck six minutes apart in the first half.
And although Boro remain in the relegation zone on goal difference behind Barkingside, they now trail Chatham by three points with two games in hand.
Reynolds said: “It’s been a long time coming that win, we have been playing well, but just not getting that little bit of luck you need.
“We didn’t play as well as we have been, but we managed to get the result which the team really needed.
“Hopefully now we can grow in confidence and get a little run going.”
Romford boss Paul Martin handed debuts to Luke McLeavy, who has spent much of the season on loan at Ilford, and young centre-back Jamie Byrne, who has signed from landlords Thurrock.
And the home side took the lead on 16 minutes when Seymour found the net for the eighth time this season, before doubling their lead just six minutes later when Loui Hazlewood struck for the second successive match.
Chatham hit back from the penalty spot eight minutes into the second half as Joe Bingham beat Aaron Omand from 12 yards.
But Reynolds netted a third in the last minute of normal time to secure Boro’s first win since January 6 and only their second success in their last 17 matches.
The overdue victory will have given them a lift for next Saturday’s short trip to Mill Field to take on play-off chasing Aveley, who were beaten 3-1 at title-chasing Harlow at the weekend.
Romford: Omand, Kemp, McLeavy, Ishmail, Byrne, Findlator (Norris 58), Hazlewood (Jones 80), Seymour, Scarlett (Reynolds 67), Scott, Ibe. Unused subs: Hart, Lord.
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