Romford enjoy first-day romp
PUBLISHED: 19:00 09 August 2014
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Ryman Div 1N: Romford 4 Burnham 0
Romford began the new Ryman League season in style with a four-goal first-half romp at Ship Lane.
Only 11 minutes had been played when Ryan Imbert netted the first of the new campaign for Paul Martin’s men from close range and he doubled their advantage just three minutes later.
Club record appearance holder Paul Clayton made it 3-0 from the penalty spot with only 16 minutes played and Abs Seymour completed a memorable opening period when netting Boro’s fourth three minutes before the break.
Imbert made way for Nick Reynolds during the interval and shellshocked Burnham were reduced to 10 men early in the second half when Bradley Nobbs was booked twice in the space of seven minutes and given his marching orders.
Boro could not make their numerical superiority count in the time remaining, but had done more than enough already to seal the points to give themselves a massive boost ahead of their midweek trip to Harlow.
Romford: Omand, Preston, Dicks, Truman (Dixon 79), Ishmail, Clayton, Barry, Seymouor, Imbert (Reynolds 46), Richardson, Tranter (Kemp 79).
Burnham: Green, Jude, Martin (Hayes 31), Begg, Shave, Gorbell, Ikumeco, Yeo, Menga (Aubynn 57), Burgess, Nobbs.
Ryman Premier Division
East Thurrock 1 Hornchurch 0
Former Urchin Louis Smith gunned down his old club with the only goal of the game at Rookery Hill.
Smith saw an early free-kick float harmlessly wide, before Junior Dadson crossed from the left but Martin Tuohy failed to connect for the visitors.
The decisive moment came on 28 minutes, as Smith was given a second bite of the cherry at a free-kick and curled a fine shot past Sam Mott.
Rocks went close to a second when poor defending by Omar Beckles and captain Elliot Styles gave Manny Osei a shooting chance, but he thundered his drive against the underside of the crossbar.
Smith went close again when cutting in from the left and firing a right-footed effort just over, while Hornchurch saw the dangerous Dadson cross again for Chris Bourne, who could not take advantage five minutes before the break.
Dadson had a shot tipped onto the bar moments later by David Hughes but Mott was called into action early in the second half to deny Osei.
Smith dragged a chance wide before Urchins boss Jimmy McFarlane sent Moses Ashikodi on to support Tuohy in attack.
Tom Davis fired wide on the hour and Styles headed a good chance high and wide from a free-kick.
Another Styles header from a corner was cleared off the line on 69 minutes and Urchins went close again when Beckles headed onto the roof of the net from Junior Luke’s throw-in.
Davis fired a free-kick over with two minutes remaining, before Rocks were awarded a last-gasp penalty, which was missed by captain Tom Stephen.
Hornchurch will hope to open their account when they travel to Lewes on Wednesday.
E Thurrock: Hughes, Wetherspoon, Stephen, Peddie, Wood, Parmenter, Bryant (Lechmere 73), Gilbey, Osei, Smith, Harris (Campbell 77).
Hornchurch: Mott, Luke, Bentley, Styles, O Beckles, Starkey, Bourne (Hursit 59), Davis, Tuohy, May (Ashikodi 57), Dadson.