Romford hit for six by high-flying Maldon

PUBLISHED: 08:08 16 April 2017 | UPDATED: 08:08 16 April 2017

Ayodeji Olukoga gave Romford an early lead against Maldon at Ship Lane (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Ayodeji Olukoga gave Romford an early lead against Maldon at Ship Lane (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Romford 2 Maldon 6

Romford were put to the sword by Ryman North high-flyers Maldon, conceding three late goals after Ryan Mallett had been sent off at Ship Lane.

Boro had been beaten by a 5-1 margin when the sides met earlier in the season, but got off to a flying start in the return as Ayo Olukoga put them in front after just five minutes, after Chinedu McKenzie’s shot was parried.

It proved a false dawn as Sam Newson levelled on 19 minutes and Jeremiah Kamanzi put the visitors ahead before the half-hour mark.

James Ishmail got Boro back on level terms nine minutes into the second half with a curling shot and it remained all square until 13 minutes from time when Adam Mills put Maldon 3-2 up.

Mallett was given his marching orders just three minutes later, to the surprise of the home side, and 10-man Boro saw Tom Potter turn the ball past his own keeper, Callum Chafer, in the last minute of normal time.

Matt Lock and Newson added further injury-time goals for Maldon to give the final scoreline a more flattering look.

Defeat leaves Romford in 14th place and they return to Ship Lane on Bank Holiday Monday to take on landlords Thurrock, who are currently fourth after a 3-1 win at Dereham and pushing for a home tie in the play-off semi-finals.

Thurrock won 3-2 when the sides previously met in late December, on a night when Nick Reynolds become Romford’s all-time leading goalscorer since their 1992 reformation.

Romford: Chafer, Mallett, Marfo, Potter, Ishamil, Barry (Browne-Sykes), N Reynolds (Akpele), Boswell, McKenzie, Taylor, Olugoka. Unused sub: Cossington, S Reynolds.

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