Romford denied point as Dereham strike late
PUBLISHED: 11:43 03 November 2013 | UPDATED: 11:43 03 November 2013
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Ryman One North: Romford 1 Dereham Town 2
A late 30-yard stunner from Dereham Town’s Aaron Kay consigned Romford to defeat in the Ryman One North yesterday as the return of former players Nick Reynolds and Matt Toms couldn’t inspire a win.
Abs Seymour had leveled for the host, his fourth of the season, but Boro couldn’t build on their equaliser and were made to rue earlier missed opportunities.
The first half, and the whole game in fact, was played at a slow tempo with neither side getting into their rhythm. It was Romford though who had the first opportunity.
Ryan Imbert and David Ottley played an intelligent one-two but the latter’s well-struck effort was saved by Dereham keeper Andrew Wilton.
Midway through the first period Tom Richardson had a great opportunity to put his side ahead.
Skipper for the day Jamie Dicks, who is off to Australia now for two and a half months, had a sliced effort that turned into the perfect pass but Richardson had his close range effort saved.
Reynolds, last season’s top goalscorer, was continuing to impress and had an shot blocked before the visitors capitalised on a mistake.
Scott Truman couldn’t clear and the ball fell perfectly for Shaun Bammant, whose shot deflected for Danny Beaumont to head in from a couple of yards out.
Romford responded though and Richardson had another chance but failed to find the net as his goalbound effort deflected wide off a defender.
Paul Martin’s team pushed for an equaliser in the second half and Ryan Imbert had a good chance but completely miscued his header.
Seymour was to get Boro back on level terms but only after his flying volley was tipped around the post. From the resulting corner he powered home Robbie Norris’ cross to make it 1-1.
Romford goalkeeper Atu Ngoy was forced off with what appeared to be a thigh injury and was replaced by Aaron Omand, who was to be very busy.
It was the visitors who were pushing for the winner as the match entered the final 10 minutes and Magpies outstanding Ryan Hawkins nearly scored a sensational solo goal but his effort flew just wide from 20 yards out.
Omand tipped Matt Howard’s header over the bar before three minutes from time he was finally beaten.
Kay took one touch before lashing a swerving shot from all of 30-yards into the top corner to give Dereham the lead.
Romford tried in vein to equalise again but no one had gambled when Seymour got to the ball before the keeper and the chance was gone.
Omand then came up for a corner but it came to nothing and Romford will now look to bounce back next weekend when they entertain Burnham Ramblers at Ship Lane.