Romford draw positives from finale stalemate

PUBLISHED: 08:17 23 April 2017 | UPDATED: 08:17 23 April 2017

Romford boss Paul Martin and assistant Mark Lord look on from the dugout (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Romford boss Paul Martin and assistant Mark Lord look on from the dugout (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Romford 0 Aveley 0

Romford could draw on the positives after holding in-form Aveley to a point at Ship Lane and ending a four-match losing run in their last game of the Ryman North season.

Boro had been beaten by Tilbury, champions Brightlingsea Regent, second-placed Maldon and third-placed Thurrock in their earlier April fixtures, but ended the campaign the same way they began it with a scoreless draw.

Millers had beaten promotion hopefuls Hornchurch in their last-ever match at Mill Field on Bank Holiday Monday, meanwhile, and saw Michael Toner hit the crossbar on seven minutes.

Jeremiah Maja had a goal ruled out for offside, but Boro’s James Ishmail was similarly denied by a linesman’s flag, after heading in Danny Cossington’s cross three minute befores the interval.

The home side were reduced to 10 men on the hour mark, for the third successive home match, when Greg Akpele was shown a second yellow card, but they had a let-off when Aveley saw another effort chalked off for offside soon after.

Boro had chances at the other end despite their numerical disadvantage but Jamie Dicks, on his 200th appearance for the club, snatched at a loose ball after visiting keeper Lamar Douglas had beaten Jack Browne-Sykes to a high ball and fired high over the crossbar.

Dicks then put in a superb cross for Chinedu McKenzie, who was a whisker away from converting a 30th goal goal of the season.

Boro preserved their clean sheet, though, as honours finished even, although results elsewhere saw Paul Martin’s men drop to finish 16th in the table.

Keeper Callum Chafer tweeted: “Been a brilliant season, highs and lows but loved every minute. 7 penalty saves in total and ending with a clean sheet @RomfordFootball.”

Romford: Chafer, Boswell, Marfo, Ishmail, Cossington, Dicks, Barry (Olukoga 80), Adebayo (Taylor 85), McKenzie, Akpele, Browne-Sykes (N Reynolds 71). Unused subs: Potter, Parrish, S Reynolds.

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