Romford make their point
PUBLISHED: 08:39 07 December 2015 | UPDATED: 08:39 07 December 2015
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Ryman North: Wroxham 1 Romford 1
Romford had to settle for a point in Norfolk, but felt they should have had all three at Trafford Park on a damy and windy day.
Boro had lost 8-0 in the corresponding fixture last season, suffering their worst defeat in 13 years after the 250-mile round trip.
But striker Nick Reynolds was the only Boro survivor from that day and was one of seven changes made to the starting line-up by boss Paul Martin made seven changes to his side, following last weekend’s home loss against leaders Cray.
Michael Gooch returned in goal in place of Richard Wray as one of the other changes and Martin was forced into another switch after only seven minutes when Dan Cossington had to be replaced after a bad tackle saw him stretchered off.
Boro had the wind in their favour in the first half and Chinedu McKenzie hit a post in a goalmouth scramble, with Reynolds unable to force the rebound home.
Wroxham went close midway through the half, when the ball was headed over Gooch and Tom Potter cleared off the line.
But George Woodward fired just wide and Reynolds saw his flick almost lead to an own goal, before another attempt was deflected over and Matt Frew headed a Woodward corner just wide.
The home side broke the deadlock five minutes before the interval, though, when Jack Garrod’s deflected shot beat the unfortunate Gooch.
The visitors had more of the game after the restart and McKenzie forced an early save, before Robbie Farrell was denied his first goal in Romford colours by a fine save to keep out his curling effort.
Akwasi Marfo had a shot deflected into the keeper’s hands before Boro deservedly drew level on 71 minutes when Frew’s header was adjudged to have crossed the line before being cleared by a Wroxham defender.
Joe Scott snatched at a chance to win it for the visitors, after good work by Farrell and Lee Weemes, while McKenzie had a late shot blocked and Liam Burgess volleyed narrowly wide.
But with Marfo and Harry Culham catching the eye for Boro, they were at least able to come away with a share of the spoils to banish memories of last season’s crushing loss.
Martin’s men now turn their attentions to the Essex Senior Cup and their fourth-round tie at Concord on Tuesday, when they will be hoping to cause an upset against the National League South outfit.
Romford: Gooch, Culham, Woodward, Frew, Potter, Cossington (Scott 7), Tubey (Burgess 74), Farrell, McKenzie, Reynolds (Weemes 70), Marfo.