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Romford draw positives from thrilling encounters

PUBLISHED: 13:00 20 March 2015

Delight for Romford's Nick Reynolds as his side are awarded a first half penalty against Wroxham (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Delight for Romford's Nick Reynolds as his side are awarded a first half penalty against Wroxham (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Assistant manager Alex Goldstone pleased with efforts from Paul Martin’s team

Romford manager Paul Martin (left) and assistant manager Alex Goldstone (right) (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Romford manager Paul Martin (left) and assistant manager Alex Goldstone (right) (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Romford boosted their survival hopes this week by picking up two crucial points against teams in the top half of Ryman North.

Boro netted late on against Wroxham at Ship Lane on Wednesday night to earn a very creditabble 2-2 draw.

And, despite conceding five minutes from time at Aveley to share an eight-goal thriller on Saturday, assistant manager Alex Goldstone was pleased with the team’s efforts over the past seven days.

“After looking at our last 10 games, before we faced Aveley last weekend, we had an even spilt,” said Goldstone.

“We had five against teams around us down the bottom and five versus sides fighting at the top, so to take two points off teams chasing promotion is great.

Loui Hazlewood scores Romford's first goal against Wroxham from the penalty spot (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Loui Hazlewood scores Romford's first goal against Wroxham from the penalty spot (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

“They are really good results for us to achieve this week because we’re fighting to stay in the league.”

Boro showed character against rivals Millers on Saturday to earn a point.

Paul Martin’s team opened the scoring after eight minutes at Aveley when Joe Scott’s header hit the bar and went in off keeper James Marrable.

But the Millers hit back with Spencer Harrison scoring twice and Jack Stevenson converting from the penalty spot to put them 3-1 up.

Joe Scott netted an injury time equaliser for Romford against Wroxham (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Joe Scott netted an injury time equaliser for Romford against Wroxham (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Nick Reynolds reduced the arrears on the stroke of half time and a penalty from Loui Hazelwood and captain Jack Barry’s header put Romford 4-3 ahead. But former Boro striker Petrit Elbi equalised late on and it finished 4-4.

It left Romford skipper Barry frustrated and he praised Aveley’s Marrable, saying: “A point is better than none away from home, but we feel it’s two dropped.

“We dominated in parts and their keeper has kept them in the game. It must have been his best performance of the season because we could have scored about eight if it wasn’t for him making some unbelievable saves.”

Although disappointed to concede in the dying minutes, Boro were on the opposite side of that coin on Wednesday.

Another penalty from Hazelwood put them ahead against Wroxham and they held that advantage until half time.

But an injury to Jamie Byrne early in the second period disrupted Romford’s play and shape, and it was little surprise when the Yachtsmen equalised through Remy Gordan with 20 minutes to play.

Boro defended excellently after that, but in the first minute of eight to be added on Nathan Stone put the visitors ahead for the first time.

Two minutes later Scott volleyed into the corner to salvage a draw and Goldstone said: “Same as Aveley, we would’ve taken a point before the game.

“Wroxham are fighting to get in the play-offs and get promotion so we 100 per cent would’ve taken a draw.

“We did have a couple of chances to win it, but we will take a point.”

Scott’s strike against Wroxham was most definitely his goal too, after some doubt about whether his header against Aveley should count as his or an own goal.

Goldstone was pleased to see the young forward, on loan from local rivals Hornchurch, officially get off the mark.

He added: “I think he has definitely scored two goals. I can’t see how they didn’t give him one against Aveley, but against Wroxham is his goal.

“He just does not stop running. In the 94th minute against Wroxham he is still making challenges on the wing, so I’m really pleased.”


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