Romford boost survial chances with victory against Norwich United
PUBLISHED: 21:40 11 April 2018 | UPDATED: 21:40 11 April 2018
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Bostik North: Romford 3 Norwich United 0
Romford gave their survival hopes a major boost by sealing a 3-0 victory against relegation rivals Norwich United at Ship Lane.
A brace from Carlos Djalo and a solo effort from Ernest Okoh guided them to the vital three points that take them level on points with the Planters.
Manager Paul Martin named an unchanged team from the weekend’s 2-0 victory against Ware to the clash that could determine what league they play in next season.
The opening ten minutes neither side created too much and seemed to be seizing each other up.
In the 14th minute Romford winger Ernest Okoh made a run down the right, looked to get the ball into the box, but it was deflected out for a corner.
The corner was whipped in by Carlos Djalo who found captain Danny Cossington in the box and he got his head to it but sent the ball over the bar.
Three minutes later Norwich midfielder Angus Mackie picked the ball up near the edge of the box and fired a shot but it was deflected and eventually kicked out by keeper Rob Budd.
In the 19th minute Romford broke clear, Okoh and Djalo linked up well, with the later being denied from inside the box.
They kept piling the pressure on and were rewarded two minutes later when Djalo cut inside and drilled a shot into the top right corner to give his side a 1-0 lead.
Boro strung together a few more chances through Okoh and Djalo but failed to trouble keeper Andrew Wilton too much and it remained 1-0 as the whistle blew for half-time.
Early in the second-half the ball fell to Djalo inside the box, he looked to find a way past the defence, but ended up opting to shoot and the keeper done well to deny his attempt
In the 50th minute it was striker Nick Reynolds turn to have a go as he held the ball up, turned and fired over the bar after Djalo and Chris Taylor linked up well to break from their own half.
The visitors then had a chance of their own when Nathan Stewart twisted and turned, before looking to pick out a cross but it whistled past the post and went wide.
In the 57th minute striker Djalo netted his second of the match as he fired a shot in the bottom corner at the back post to double Romford’s lead.
Ernest Okoh found the net to stretch Romford’s lead to 3-0 in the 75th minute and put them out of sight.
The hosts kept good posession for the final fifthteen minutes to see the game out and keep the score at 3-0.
Romford: Budd, Nzenga, Mvemba, Potter, Okoye, Cossington (Akpele 79), Olukoga, Taylor (Heather 62), Reynolds, Djalo, Okoh (Marfo 87)
Unused subs: Onokwai and Gjini.
Norwich United: Wilton, Applegate, Brown (Rose 79), Wones, Eastaugh, Watts, Mackie, Jones, Stewart, Blake (Oliver 54), Jackson (Carey 74)
Unused subs: Barker and Johnson.