Romford robbed by Rangers

PUBLISHED: 11:34 02 February 2015 | UPDATED: 11:45 02 February 2015

Romford v Soham Town at Thurrock Hotel

Romford v Soham Town at Thurrock Hotel


Ryman North: Romford 1 Soham Town 2

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Matt Simpson’s last-minute goal sealed the points for Soham Town Rangers and sent Romford to defeat at Ship Lane.

Boro were donating all gate money and funds from a bucket collection to local youngster Joni-Mai Stevens, who is battling a rare form of cancer.

But they fell behind on the quarter-hour mark as Joey Abbs converted from the penalty spot.

Boro captain Jack Barry was adjudged to have handled in the box, with Abbs firing low to Aaron Omand’s right to open the scoring.

Romford v Soham Town at Thurrock HotelRomford v Soham Town at Thurrock Hotel

Omand made two superb saves on the half-hour mark to keep the home side in the match, before Boro levelled with their first shot on target.

Paul Martin’s men were back on terms on 34 minutes as Eddie Hart claimed his eighth goal of the campaign, following good work by Daniel Jones on the right.

And they went close to taking the lead with Abs Seymour seeing a shot well saved by former Boro keeper Lamar Johnson.

Sam Kemp limped off at the break to be replaced by Nathan Cooper and Boro went close to taking the lead on 51 minutes when Tyler Hayes crossed to the far post, where Loui Hazelwood headed just over.

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Hart sent Jones through on goal two minutes later, but Johnson was quickly off his line to block the shot, before Soham clipped the top of Omand’s crossbar with a long-range free-kick.

Barry could only fire straight at Johnson from Seymour’s free-kick on 62 minutes and Hazelwood fired a free-kick just wide as it looked like ending all square.

But after a Boro attack broke down, the visitors countered and a cross was smashed home by Simpson with time almost up.

Romford are due to return to action at Ship Lane on Wednesday, when they play host to landlords Thurrock, whose match at Barkingside fell victim to a waterlogged pitch this weekend.

Romford: Omand, Kemp (Cooper 46), Hayes, J Barry, Clayton, C Barry (Cocklin 71), Hazelwood (Ibe 81), Seymour, Hart, Jones, Dicks. Unused subs: Reynolds, Akinshade.

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