Bostik North: Felixstowe & Walton Utd 2 Romford 1

PUBLISHED: 08:54 23 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 returned empty handed from the Suffolk coast after falling to their second defeat in six league matches this season, which saw them drop to seventh place.

Boro had beaten Sudbury 3-1 a week earlier at East Thurrock’s Rookery Hill to move up to fourth in the table, but found themselves behind against the Seasiders after 13 minutes at Dellwood Avenue when Miles Powell was put clear and chipped over the advancing Rhys Hughes to find the net.

The home side doubled their advantage when Jack Ainsley beat Hughes from close range after Boro had failed to clear the danger.

But the visitors hit back just seven minutes later, as Taylor Tombides claimed his third goal in two games with a deflected shot, having already forced a good save from the Felixstowe eeper.

That left the match nicely poised for the second half, but the scoreline remained unchanged as a host of yellow cards were shown by the referee.

The visitors had Nathan Okoye, Jonathan Nzengo, Chris Taylor and Nick Reynolds booked on a frustrating afternoon, when they also had claims for a penalty waved away.

And Martin’s men will hope for better when they host former landlords Aveley – who moved up to second with a 1-0 win over Soham Town Rangers – when they host the Millers on Wednesday.

Romford; Hughes, Olukoga, Nzengo, Okoye, Forrest, Cossington, Taylor, Tombides (Okoh 72), Reynolds (Bolton 85), Akpele (Campbell 73), Smith.

Unused subs: Joseph, Marsh.

Attendance: 261.

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