Romford 1 Heybridge Swifts 5: Boro brought down to earth in Bostik North

PUBLISHED: 21:38 16 August 2017 | UPDATED: 21:38 16 August 2017

Romford's Ayodeji Oluikoja in action against Heybridge Swifts (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Romford's Ayodeji Oluikoja in action against Heybridge Swifts (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Romford were put to the sword by Bostik North rivals Heybridge in their second match of the new season at Ship Lane.

Boro had battled back from two goals down to earn a 3-3 draw when Swifts visited Ship Lane in March, thanks to injury-time goals from Ryan Mallett and James Ishmail.

And they had picked up a morale-boosting point at Bury Town on the first day of the season at the weekend, with Jonathan Nzengo on target in a 1-1 draw at Ram Meadow.

But they found themselves behind after 21 minutes as Sam Bantick struck for Swifts with a low drive inside the post and it got worse for the hosts as it was 2-0 moments later as the unmarked Luke Callander beat Michael Gooch from a corner.

Paul Martin’s men were left with a mountain to climb on 62 minutes when Juan Luque scored a well-worked third for the visitors, but Nzengo netted his second goal of the campaign with 19 minutes remaining to offer a glimmer of hope.

That was quickly extinguished, though, as Luque netted his second goal of the night with a superb free-kick to restore the three-goal cushion with 10 minutes left.

And Harrison Chatting rubbed more salt into the Boro wounds with a fifth Heybridge goal in the last minute of normal time.

Romford turn their attentions to the FA Cup this weekend when they make the trip to Stowmarket Town for a preliminary round tie, when £1,925 in prize money is on offer to the winners.

Romford: Gooch, Burt Allen, Atkinson, Vickers, Cossington, Dicks, Olukoga, Akande, Taylor, N Reynolds, Nzengo. Subs: Adebayo, Ayoola, Clark, Giwa, S Reynolds.

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