Romford rally to sink Yachtsmen

PUBLISHED: 07:52 12 March 2017 | UPDATED: 07:52 12 March 2017

Chinedu McKenzie of Romford (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Chinedu McKenzie of Romford (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Wroxham 1 Romford 2

Romford came from behind in Norfolk to sink the Yachtsmen and make it three Ryman North wins in a row.

Boro made the long trip to Trafford Park having beaten Thamesmead and Great Wakering by 2-1 scorelines in their previous two matches.

And history repeated itself once again as Paul Martin’s men passed the magic 50-point mark with their latest triumph.

Boro boss Martin was forced into an early change, replacing Greg Akpele with Ayodeji Olukoga on 16 minutes, and the visitors fell behind soon after.

Wroxham had lost their last seven league and cup matches, but took the lead on 20 minutes through Connor Deeks and held on the advantage at the break.

Romford were back on terms within two minutes of the restart, though, as Chinedu McKenzie pounced on a rebound to net from a tight angle and claim his 28th goal of the season.

Ryan Mallett was then booked midway through the second half and honours looked set to finish even as normal time drew to a close.

But late Boro substitute Nick Reynolds made his presence felt in the box and looked to have won his side a penalty, with the referee poised to blow his whistle, when the ball broke to Olukoga to sweep home the winner.

Goalkeeper Callum Chafer tweeted: “A well dug out win today, not the prettiest but 3 important points. #safetyconfirmed @RomfordFootball.”

A fourth victory in five outings lifted Martin’s men above Thamesmead to 15th place, with a home match against Heybridge Swifts, who are currently 19th, to come at Ship Lane next weekend.

Romford: Chafer, Boswell, Marfo, Cossington, Mallett, Dicks (Reynolds 88), Barry, Akpele (Olukoga 16), McKenzie, Taylor, Browne-Sykes.

Unused subs: Ishmail, Potter, Abdul.

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