Romford routed at Haringey
PUBLISHED: 19:00 26 November 2016
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Haringey Borough 7 Romford 1
Romford were put to the sword by Ryman North rivals Haringey to suffer a heavy defeat on their 3G pitch at Coles Park.
Having seen their 16-match unbeaten home record, stretching back to last season, brought to an end by a 2-1 defeat against Bowers in midweek, during manager Paul Martin’s 450th match in charge, Boro were soundly beaten in north London.
Only 10 minutes had been played when Chris Benjamin put Haringey ahead, with Adrian Markus doubling their advantage on 19 minutes.
Markus made it 3-0 just six minutes later, with Benjamin then completing his brace on 27 minutes to complete a miserable opening half-hour for Boro.
The visitors managed to reach the interval without suffering any further damage, but Martin’s record defeat as Boro boss – the 8-0 loss at Wroxham – might well have been preying on their minds when Benjamin completed his hat-trick with Haringey’s fifth within two minutes of the restart.
Chinedu McKenzie hit back on 54 minutes with his 16th goal of the season for Romford, but their joy was shortlived as Markus became the second Haringey player to complete a hat-trick and make it 6-1 just three minutes later.
Boro managed to hold out until seven minutes from time before conceding again, as Kwabena Asamoah completed Haringey’s haul with the seventh.
But there was a bizarre moment when Boro were awarded a penalty and McKenzie stepped up to convert, firing against the metal bar at the back of the net and collecting the ball as it rebounded back out, to take it to the centre circle for Haringey to restart, only for the referee to award a goal kick.
It made little difference in the grand scheme of things, but Martin will now have to try and raise the spirits of his players ahead of their local derby at Brentwood on Tuesday.
Romford: Chafer, Adebayo, Dhariwel, Toms, Boswell, Age, Mallett, Dicks, McKenzie, Olukoga, Green. Subs: N Reynolds, S Reynolds, Cossington, Taylor, Bankole.