Romford miss out at Mead
PUBLISHED: 08:54 11 October 2015 | UPDATED: 17:21 11 October 2015
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Ryman North: Thamesmead 2 Romford 1
Romford were left to wonder ‘what if’ as they returned empty handed from Ryman North rivals Thamesmead.
Boro saw an early lead cancelled out before the interval, but went close to earning a point as they hit the woodwork in the second half.
As it is, they are left with just four points from their last five league matches ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Waltham Abbey.
Boro boss Paul Martin made three changes to his starting line-up following last weekend’s FA Trophy success over North Greenford United, with Connor Goldstone, Joe Scott and debutant Tom Potter coming in for Sam Burton, Jake Giddings and Nick Reynolds.
And only eight minutes had been played when Akwasi Marfo put Boro in front with his first goal for the club, playing a one-two with Chinedu McKenzie and driving his shot inside the far post.
But Mead were back on terms on 24 minutes as Baff Addae’s header beat Michael Gooch to level, with the visitors looking for an offside flag.
And the home side went close soon after when the ball was chipped over the head of Gooch and came back off the crossbar and into the keeper’s grateful arms.
Mead took the lead seven minutes before the break, though, when Boro debutant Jack Leachman – on for the injured Greg Akpele – was unable to cut the ball out in midfield and right-back Ibrahim Kargbo sent a low drive into the net.
The visitors went close to an equaliser in first-half stoppage time when captain Matt Frew headed just over from a George Woodward corner.
And Woodward went close himself in the second half as his shot from the edge of the box came back off the crossbar.
Chris Barry came on for the injured Dan Cossington to make his 150th appearance for the club and to also go up against brother Jack in the closing stages.
But the former Romford skipper earned the Barry family bragging rights as Mead held on for the three points that sees them sitting comfortably in fourth place, while Boro find themselves down in 17th.
Romford: Gooch, Boswell, Woodward, Frew, Goldstone, Scott (Tubey 80), Akpele (Leachman 32), Marfo, Cossington (Barry 71), McKenzie, Potter. Unused subs: Giddings, Culham.
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