Romford ease past rivals Redbridge
PUBLISHED: 10:00 18 October 2015 | UPDATED: 10:00 18 October 2015
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Ryman North: Romford 3 Redbridge 0
A fast start by Romford saw off local rivals Redbridge yesterday at Ship Lane in the Ryman North. Two early goals from Nick Reynolds and Chinedu McKenzie and a second half strike by Luke Stanley won the game for the home side.
The win propels Romford to 14th whilst Redbridge remained rooted to the bottom of the table and three points from safety now.
The home side started strongly and didn’t allow the Motormen to settle and attacked down the flanks. The visitors had come into this match off the back of a 5-1 home defeat to Tilbury and their lack of confidence showed as they struggled to gain a foothold.
Boro winger Akwasi Marfo had the ball in the Redbridge net almost immediately only for the goal to be ruled out for offside.
Just a minute later though, following neat interplay from Stanley and McKenzie down the right; Romford took the lead. Redbridge’s porous defence were stretched and Reynolds took advantage, smashing home Stanley’s cutback from close range.
It was the fourth of the season for Romford’s all-time league goal scorer. However Redbridge almost levelled against the run of play.
A floated corner was met strongly by midfielder Stephen Good and his header crashed off the cross bar allowing Romford to clear. But soon after the home side doubled their lead.
This time Reynolds turned provider and a clever back heel played in ex-Redbridge forward McKenzie who coolly slotted home past Jack Avery. And Romford were unlucky not to be three up by halftime.
First, only a last ditch challenge from Emmanuel Sackey denied captain Matt Frew a goal and soon afterwards McKenzie blazed wildly over following a corner.
Redbridge’s defence continued to struggle with the pace of the Boro wingers throughout the half and McKenzie should have had another by half time but failed to hit the target after the ball fell kindly to him within the six-yard box.
The away side’s opportunities before the break were mostly limited to set pieces but Romford’s defence was well marshalled by centre back pairing Tom Potter and Frew, who dealt well with the trickery of Jay Knight and Lewis Francis was largely nullified.
Following the break, Romford resumed their dominance with the skilful Stanley proving a handful for Sackey and Reynold’s hold up play bringing his midfielders into the game.
Yet Joe Gent nearly pulled one back for the visitors just before the hour mark. A long ball thumped forward found its way to Gent who continued his run and side-footed just wide of the post.
Another long ball was then well controlled by substitute Billy Drake who shot wide from just outside the box as Redbridge enjoyed a spell of pressure. Romford took their foot off the gas slightly towards the end, but Redbridge failed to take advantage and were punished shortly afterwards.
Wriggling his way in the Redbridge area, Stanley found a pocket of space and deftly placed his effort in to the top right hand corner – a well-deserved goal.
He might have grabbed a brace ten minutes from time after substitute Chris Barry threaded him through but Avery came out quickly to smother.
The game became stretched in the closing stages and Knight should have grabbed a consolation after a one on one but his shot was blocked by the solid Frew and Romford kept their clean sheet intact.
Avery again saved well, this time from Barry, to prevent his side conceding a fourth but Dave Ross and Ricky Eaton’s Motormen were well beaten, but Paul Martin’s Boro are nine points off the relegation places now.
Romford: Gooch, Boswell, Woodward, Potter, Frew (captain), Goldstone (Barry 53), Giddings (Scott 77), Stanley, Reynolds (Tubey 83), McKenzie, Marfo
Unused substitutes: Norris, Cossington.
Redbridge: Avery, Sackey, Alexandrou, Ogunleye, Parrish, Good, Gent (Smith 83), Kabaphi, Knight, Sebastfao (Drake 62), Francis (Faponle 85).
Unused substitutes: Cornelius.