Bostik North: Romford 3 Sudbury 1

PUBLISHED: 07:44 16 September 2018

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Romford bounced back from their FA Cup exit to bank another three league points at East Thurrock.

Beaten 4-1 by Kettering Town a week earlier, but having seen manager Paul Martin named manager of the month for August during the week, the home side took the lead with only 13 minutes gone through Taylor Tombides, whose shot from the edge of the box flew into the top corner of the net.

And it was 2-0 just eight minutes later as Tombides struck for the second time in quick succession, finishing off a fine move that saw captain Danny Cossington dummy on the edge of the six-yard box, to put Boro firmly on top.

Martin’s men were in dreamland on 26 minutes as Jonathan Nzengo surged forward and fired into the top corner from range to net their third goal in 13 minutes, but Ben Hunter hit back for Sudbury, who had already hit the crossbar, as he ran on to a through ball and rounded Rhys Hughes to score just past the half-hour mark.

Ernest Okoh went close to restoring Romford’s three-goal cushion before the interval, but was denied by a good save from Paul Walker.

And the second half saw the visitors have more possession, but Boro continue to create good chances to extend their tally.

Cossington and Greg Akpele both went close as Ayo Olukoga impressed on his return from Cheshunt.

A third win in five matches saw Martin’s men move up to fourth in the table, with a trip to Felixstowe & Walton United up next on September 22.

Romford: Hughes, Olukoga, Nzengo, Forrest, Okoye, Cossington, Taylor, Tombides (Bolton 64), Reynolds (Campbell 56), Okoh (Joseph 81), Akpele. Unused subs: Barlow, Marsh.

Attendance: 116.

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