Romford chairman Gardner says freak own goal was Boro’s ‘best ever’

PUBLISHED: 13:30 20 November 2015

Romford chairman Steve Gardner (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Romford chairman Steve Gardner (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Boro chief happy to benefit from fortuitous strike

Romford chairman Steve Gardner claims the team’s goal against Thurrock on Tuesday night ranks as the most bizarre he has ever seen in his time with the club.

Boro took the lead at home against their landlords in the 23rd minute thanks to an own goal from Kamaral Duncan.

The Fleet right-back looked to play the ball forward from just inside his own half, but the strong winds at Ship Lane had other ideas.

Instead of penetrating the Romford back line, Duncan’s pass was blown back towards his own goal before bouncing over keeper Rhys Madden.

The goal can be seen on the Thurrock FC website (and maybe national TV by now!).

But Romford were unable to hold on to the win with Ross Wall netting for the visitors in the 75th minute.

Despite the result, Gardner was more than happy to talk about the good fortune Boro received for the goal.

“I didn’t have a good view of it, but a good few people have talked me through it since,” said the Boro chairman. “The wind took it right back towards his keeper who could only get his fingertips on it and watch it go into the net.

“It was one of the most spectacular goals I’ve seen during my time with the club and definitely our most bizarre own goal.”

Conditions are expected to be similar this weekend when Romford travel to Spa Road to take on Witham Town in Ryman North.

Witham were due to host Brightlingsea Regent on Tuesday, before that game was called off because of a waterlogged pitch.

And with a wet forecast ahead of this weekend’s game, Gardner knows there is every chance it could be off.

“It’s almost like there’s a big match going on between the wind and rain at the minute,” he added. “Will the wind dry it out or will it get wetter?”

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