Romford extend unbeaten run
PUBLISHED: 09:33 17 September 2014 | UPDATED: 09:33 17 September 2014
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Ryman Div 1N: Chatham 0 Romford 2
Romford’s FA Cup heroes extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to five matches with success in Kent last night.
Boro crossed the Dartford Bridge in good mood, following their giantkilling of Ryman Premier Division side Bury on Sunday, which earned them £3,000 prize money and another home tie against Kingstonian in the second qualifying round later this month.
And Paul Martin’s men kept the feel-good factor alive with league success against Chats, as Ryan Imbert continued his excellent scoring streak with his seventh goal of the season.
Both sides were frustrated by a string of refereeing decisions in the first half, but Boro had Aaron Omand to thank for a good early save before the visitors cleared another effort off their own goalline.
Paul Clayton’s looping header went over at the other end, while captain Jack Barry fired wide.
Chatham had a great chance to break the deadlock before half time, but their striker wasted the opportunity and the scoreline remained blank.
The hosts were awarded a penalty on 54 minutes, when James Ishmail handled, but Omand dived to his right to keep out Matt Solly’s spot-kick.
And Boro got another boost on the hour when full back David Ottley pounced on a loose ball, after Barry’s shot had been blocked, to drill into the bottom corner.
Romford could have had a penalty of their own soon after when a Chatham defender looked to have handled, but they made sure of the poitns on 72 minutes when good build-up play saw the ball find its way to Barry, who picked out Imbert in the box for a clinical shot on the turn past the unmoved Lee Kidman.
Nick Reynolds went close to adding a third late on, but Boro had done enough to secure the points and a happy trip back across the river.
Romford: Omand, Ottley, Preston, Toms, Dicks, Clayton, Barry, Ishmail, Imbert (Kemp 88), Richardson (Tranter 79), Reynolds (Cooper 89). Unused subs: Cocklin, Norris.