Romford and Haringey Borough share the spoils
PUBLISHED: 21:40 08 November 2017 | UPDATED: 21:40 08 November 2017
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Romford 1 Haringey Borough 1
Romford had to settle for a share of the spoils against Haringey Borough thanks to a late equaliser from Anthony McDonald to make it 1-1.
An early goal from winger Connor Hammond looked as though it was going to be enough to seal the three points for Boro and break the visitors undefeated start to the Bostik North campaign but a 83rd minute goal kept hold of that record.
It was a special night for manager Paul Martin who was in charge of his 500th game for the club which was celebrated at half-time at Ship Lane.
The first chance of the match didn’t come until the 10 minute mark when Romford’s Connor Hammond found himself all alone in the box against a run of the play after a cross deflected of the Haringey backline to him.
The winger fired his shot in between Pajete’s legs and into the bottom right to make it 1-0.
A minute later Stephen Reynolds came up trumps and kept his side in the lead as he pulled off a magnificent save from close range to deny Dean Fenton who was picked out with a corner.
Romford’s James Ismail and Haringey’s Jorge Dtassi-Sambu heads collided as they went up for the ball in the 14th minute.
Haringey then had a chance of their own as Anthony McDonald headed a shot just wide in the 18th minute.
Eight minutes later Romford’s Reynolds pulled off back-to-back saves as he denied McDonald who curled a shot in from the right before getting over for the rebound at the far post.
The keeper came up trumps again as he steered Michael Ademiluji’s fierce shot away in the 31st minute.
The visitors Ademiluyi surged down the right and through on goal but pushed the ball too far and Reynolds grabbed hold of it five minutes later.
The hosts goal scorer Hammond almost doubled his tally early in the second-half when he got his head to a cross from Carlos Djalo but headed it wide from around four yards in the 50th minute.
The hosts soaked up plenty of pressure and defended for their lives for the next ten minutes, clearing everything that came into their box.
Finally Romford’s Djalo broke clear down the right to give them an attack of their own but fired straight into the arms of Pajetet in the 65th minute.
Romford’s Danny Cossington bailed his team out two minutes later as he cleared the ball off the goal line as Fenton
Haringey levelled things in the 83rd minute when striker McDonald was left open at the back home where he slotted home to make it 1-1 and give his side a point.
Romford: Reynolds, Olukoga, Mvemba, Cossington, Finneran, Ishmail (Reynolds 89), Kelly, Nzengo, Djalo, Daly (Giwa 23), Hammond (Taylor 71)
Unused subs: Atkinson, Martin.
Haringey Borough: Pajetet, Olufemi, O’Donoghue, Yiga, Mitchell, Gordon (Benjamin 58), Ademiluyi (Coley 55) Dtassi-Sambu, Fenton (Heather 70), Richards, MacDonald.
Unused subs: Byfield.
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