Romford rally for vital victory

PUBLISHED: 10:00 14 December 2016

Greg Akpele (left) and Chinedu Mckenzie netted Romford's goals at VCD Athletic (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Greg Akpele (left) and Chinedu Mckenzie netted Romford's goals at VCD Athletic (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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VCD Athletic 2 Romford 3

Romford came back from two goals down inside 14 minutes to make it back-to-back wins in Ryman North last night.

Having beaten basement boys Wroxham 4-1 in a relegation six-pointer at Ship Lane on Saturday, Boro were quickly brought back down to earth by The Vickers at Old Road.

Only three minutes had been played when Paul Martin’s men found themselves behind as Kojo Awotwi cut in from the right wing and fired a low shot past Callum Chafer.

And the home side doubled their advantage before the quarter-hour mark when the dangerous Mekhi McLeod fired home a superb long-range effort.

The visitors managed to bounce back quickly, though, as Saturday’s hat-trick hero Chinedu McKenzie raced through to halve the deficit on 25 minutes with his 20th goal of the campaign.

And it was all square seven minutes later when Greg Akpele fired home against one of his former clubs from a Jamie Dicks centre.

The second half proved a hard-fought affair and Boro got their noses in front after Kwasi Marfo replaced Will Green on 70 minutes and saw his low cross swept home by Akpele on the edge of the six-yard box.

Romford thought they had gone 4-2 up when Nick Reynolds, looking to become the club’s all-time leading goalscorer since their 1992 reformation, found the back of the net, only to have it ruled out for offisde.

And Jamie Age had an effort well saved on a promising counter-attack as VCD rarely threatened to get back on terms, giving Romford a huge boost ahead of their weekend trip to Heybridge Swifts.

Romford: Chafer, Boswell, Dicks, Cossington, Ishmail, Bichard, Adebayo, Akpele (Age 82), McKenzie, Reynolds (90), Green (Marfo 70).

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