Romford rally to rescue point
PUBLISHED: 09:30 22 November 2015 | UPDATED: 09:30 22 November 2015
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Ryman North: Witham 3 Romford 3
Romford rallied from three goals down to rescue an unlikely point at windy Witham.
Boro looked set to return empty handed from Spa Road, until George Tubey gave them some home with 21 minutes left.
Lee Weemes then cut the gap to one and Jake Giddings completed the remarkable comeback with an injury time effort to ensure honours finished even.
It proved the classic game of two halves as all six goals came with the wind at the backs of the teams.
The pitch passed an 11.30am inspection, but a biting wind made conditions difficult for players and spectators alike.
With the elements in their favour, the home side dominated possession early on and saw Shane Lemard head over from a corner.
The deadlock was broken on 12 minutes when another corner from Ryan Charles caused panic and Michael Osei fired a low drive through a forest of legs to beat debutant keeper Richard Wray.
Boro had a let-off six minutes before the break when Wray left his goal to challenge Charles on the left, but the ball broke to Lee Townrow, whose shot was off-target.
It was a brief reprieve as Boro fell 2-0 down a minute later when Nathan Korentang pounced on a loose ball, rounded Wray and tucked his shot home.
And Witham added a third on the stroke of half time when Aaron Gayle’s left-wing cross found Townrow who made no mistake.
Romford, who had benefitted from a bizarre own goal by Thurrock Karmal Duncan in midweek, that has since gone viral online, struggled to make their mark on proceedings after the restart as Witham kept possession well on a heavy pitch.
But manager Paul Martin sent Chinedu McKenzie and Akwasi Marfo on just past the hour and they were given a lifeline on 69 minutes when a cross found Tubey and he rifled a low shot past Lewis Down.
Boro became a greater attacking threat and, after Tubey fired into the arms of Down at a 79th-minute corner, they closed to within a goal when a free-kick was whipped in from the right and Weemes glanced home a header.
With their tails now well and truly up, Romford continued to apply pressure on the home goal and substitute Robbie Farrell – who had replaced debutant James Zanelli – headed another free-kick just past the post, before Down tipped an effort over the crossbar.
But the visitors got their reward in the third minute of stoppage time when Giddings unleashed a rising shot that flew past Down from the edge of the box for his first goal for the club to complete Romford’s remarkable turnaround and ensure they travelled back down the A12 in much happier mood.
Romford: Wray, Zanelli (Farrell 73), Woodward, Potter, Olafuwmisle, Burgess (McKenzie 63), Taylor, Giddings, Tubey, Goldstone (Marfo 66), Weemes.
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