Romford Nick a vital win
PUBLISHED: 09:14 12 April 2015 | UPDATED: 09:14 12 April 2015
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Ryman North: Romford 2 Thamesmead 1
Two goals from Nick Reynolds helped Romford come from behind to claim three vital Ryman North points and climb out of the relegation zone at sunny Ship Lane.
Boro boss Paul Martin made three changes to his starting line-up, following the 6-2 loss to landlords Thurrock on Bank Holiday Monday, as Abs Seymour, Reynolds and Joe Scott all came into the side.
But the home side fell behind on 55 minutes when Bude Anidugbe put Thamesmead in front.
Boro were back on terms, though, when Reynolds seized on a headed pass from captain Jack Barry and fired the ball into the corner of the net for his ninth goal of the season.
And Reynolds then grabbed a winner when Seymour’s cross was headed on by Barry and the big striker helped the ball over the line.
He said: “The win was important especially after losing the last two and I was a bit shocked to be in the starting line-up after missing the last two.
“‘Lordy’ came to me in the warm-up and said he didn’t think I should be starting but ‘Magic’ had put me in, so go and prove him wrong.
“That was all the motivation I needed and I was happy to get the two goals, but more happy that the club got three points.
“Hopefully we can take that result and build on it in the last two games and make sure we stay in the Ryman League.”
Reynolds paid tribute to his team-mates for their hands in the goals, adding: “The first goal I have to say a big thanks the skipper as he could have gone for goal with his header, but he nodded it back into my path and all I had to do was drill it into the corner.
“The second was a great delivery from Abs which Bazza got his head on and it deflected to me. The player marking me was meant to be on the post so I knew all I had to do was help to ball on into the corner.
“I thought there were a lot of people who had good second halves, but for me I would single out Jamie Byrne. I thought he was outstanding all game.”
Romford, having climbed above Redbridge on goal difference, visit Cheshunt next weekend and end their campaign with a home match against Ware on April 25.
Romford: Omand, Kemp, Dicks, Cooper, Byrne, J Barry, Hazlewood, Seymour, Reynolds (Imbert 85), Scott (Scarlett 68), Ishmail. Unused subs: Norris, Jones.
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