Romford make their point
PUBLISHED: 09:30 18 November 2015
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Ryman North: Romford 1 Thurrock 1
Romford held on for a well-deserved point against high-flying landlords Thurrock at Ship Lane last night.
Strong winds made things difficult for both sides and Boro took the lead in farcical circumstances with an own goal from Kamarl Duncan.
But Ross Wall hit back for Fleet in the second half and it ended all square.
Romford manager Paul Martin included Harry Culham in an unfamiliar right-back role as his side – without a game at the weekend – began with the elements in their favour.
Boro pinned Fleet back in their own half in the early stages, with Luke Stanley firing a free-kick against the crossbar and George Woodward, Dan Cossington and Chinedu McKenzie also trying their luck.
Nick Reynolds had an effort ruled out for offside before Thurrock keeper Rhys Madden saw a goal kick caught by the wind and blown abck over his own crossbar for a corner.
It was a warning of things to come as Duncan tried to make a clearance from close to the right touchline, some 30 yards from goal, and saw the ball loop back on the strengthening wind and bounce over the head of Madden for a bizarre own goal.
Thurrock, having won in the FA Trophy at the weekend, came into the game more as the first half progressed and forced Michael Gooch to make one fine save, while the woodwork kept out another shot.
But Boro had the edge at the start of the second half, with McKenzie getting clear of the Fleet defence only to shoot the wrong side of the post.
Martin’s men did not get many sights of goal after that and Thurrock levelled from a quickly taken free-kick from Wall, as Boro’s defence were caught cold.
Gooch was called upon to keep out another decent effort as Thurrock held the upper hand in terms of possession, but a draw was about right as Fleet slipped to fourth place.
Recent recruit Moshi Olafunisle also impressed for Boro, who are set to visit Witham on Saturday.
Romford: Gooch, Culham, Woodward, Frew, Olafunisle, Cossington (Burgess 86), Barry, Stanley, Reynolds (Potter 78), McKenzie, Marfo (Taylor 82). Unused subs: Weemes, Goldstone.
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