Romford pay the penalty
PUBLISHED: 17:09 25 August 2013 | UPDATED: 17:09 25 August 2013
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Ryman Division 1N: Aveley 1 Romford 0
Romford were sent to their third defeat in five league outings this season after Billy Holland’s late penalty.
Former Hornchurch striker Holland converted from the spot 10 minutes from time to give the home side the points, after Boro skipper Paul Clayton had been penalised for handball.
The match, played in difficult conditions in the rain, looked like ending in a draw after both keepers made superb saves to keep the scoreline blank.
Boro had to replace Atu Ngoy with Aaron Omand early on, but the visitors had the first chance of note when Kurt Smith’s cross found Lewis Francis, who fired just wide.
Junior Appiah’s centre from the right fell kindly for Shane Oakley, meanwhlie, but the Aveley birthday boy saw his effort deflected over by Omand.
Ryan Imbert fired wide for Boro, then forced Jack Giddens into action to push his shot wide.
Several yellow cards were shown during the second half, as conditions worsened and the number of late tackles increased.
Brian Okwera headed over from Teddy Nesbitt’s free kick before Anton Stephenson fired wide for the home side.
James Ishmail had Boro’s best chance when Joe Oates found him unmarked at the far post but he dragged his effort wide.
Holland was off-target from Ross Wall’s deep cross but got another chance soon after when the referee pointed to the spot and made no mistake as he fired home.
Boro had a late chance to level when Smith beat Adam Flanagan to set up a shooting chance, but looked to pass inside and allowed Kallon Nurudeen to clear.
Romford will look to bounce back when they ‘host’ landlords Thurrock at Ship Lane tomorrow (Monday).
Romford: Ngoy (Omand 14), Ottley, Woodward, Dicks, Ishmail, Clayton, Norris (Sammut 78), Seymour, Imbert (Oates 70), Francis, Smith.
*Romford’s reserves celebrated a 2-1 win over Chelmsford.
Owen Dunn made three good early saves to keep Boro on terms before Ben McAllister latched onto Dave Hornsby’s pass to open the scoring against the run of play.
Boro doubled their lead two minutes later as McAllister curled a shot home from 20 yards.
And the back four of Tom Lamb, Dan Black, Brandon Foy and Hornsby held firm until midway through the second half, when Chelmsford halved the deficit.
Substitutes Warren Taylor and Ash Bankole showed pace and skill off the bench to keep Chelmsford’s defence busy in the closing stages as Boro held onto the points.
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