Romford lose out to leaders Sudbury
PUBLISHED: 08:41 14 January 2016 | UPDATED: 08:41 14 January 2016
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Ryman North: Romford 0 Sudbury 1
Romford’s battlers were edged out by table-topping Sudbury, who claimed their 10th successive win at Ship Lane last night.
And a sixth defeat in seven outings leaves Boro in 17th place, eight points above the relegation zone heading into their weekend meeting with lowly Heybridge Swifts.
Manager Paul Martin made four changes to his starting line-up from the 3-1 defeat at Brightlingsea Regent as Matt Frew, Chris Taylor, Chinedu McKenzie and Greg Akpele came in for Tom Potter, Chris Barry, Akwasi Marfo and Joe Scott.
But the visitors had an early chance which Luke Callander dragged wide, before the same player had an effort ruled out for offside on seven minutes.
Sudbury took the lead on 10 minutes, though, when Callander played a lovely ball through to Jordan Blackwell, who rounded Michael Gooch and saw his shot go in off a Boro defender.
The 19-year-old Blackwell sent another effort wide soon after and Callander’s header was also off-target after some impressive build-up play.
Sudbury continued to dominate before the break, but could not add to the early goal from Blackwell, who was replaced during the interval by Joe Maybanks.
Martin replaced George Tubey with Scott eight minutes into the second half, but the visitors went close to a second goal when Maybanks produced a good run on the wing and teed up Callander, whose curling effort was deflected wide.
Boro showed a bit more adventure during the second period, but struggled to seriously test Sudbury keeper Marcus Garnham, while Gooch produced two good saves at the other end.
Craig Parker could not connect with Callander’s cross, meanwhile, but one goal proved enough as Sudbury moved five points clear at the summit ahead of their home meeting with Hornchurch on Saturday.
Romford: Gooch, Boswell, Dicks, Frew, Olafunisle (Marfo 76), Burgess, Tubey (Scott 53), Taylor (Zakariya 69), Reynolds, McKenzie, Akpele. Unused sub: Potter.