Bostik North: Romford 3 Coggeshall Town 5
PUBLISHED: 17:30 13 October 2018
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Non-League Day turned into a nightmare for Romford as they were put to the sword by Bostik North rivals Coggeshall in the first half of their clash at Rookery Hill.
Boro went close to opening the scoring when Nick Reynolds had an effort cleared off the line by Dexter Peter.
But they were behind on 13 minutes when Sam Bantick took a short corner to George Cocklin, who crossed into the box for Ross Wall to head into the far corner of the net.
Reynolds headed over and the hosts saw another decent chance go to waste before the Seed Growers doubled their advantage on the half-hour mark through Bantick, who lobbed Rhys Hughes after Wall had flicked on a throw-in from the left.
Tyler Brampton flicked over another Cocklin cross after a sweeping move from the visitors, but it was 3-0 on 43 minutes when Hughes mishit his clearance and Wall curled the ball around him and into the net.
And a miserable first half for Boro was completed in stoppage time when Bantick beat the offside trap to race on to Aaron Condon’s pass and smashed a shot into the top corner.
Boro boss Paul Martin replaced Max Bolton with Ernest Okoh during the break, but the hosts had a let-off when Condon had the ball in the net and was flagged offside.
And there was another reprieve when Condon beat the Boro defence and smashed wide of the target with Bantick up in support and waiting for a pass and a simple finish.
Okoh cut in from the left to force a smart save from Ashlee Jones, before Ayo Olukoga pulled a goal back for Boro on 71 minutes.
But Coggeshall restored their four-goal cushion just a minute later as Bantick completed his hat-trick, latching on to Condon’s through ball and sidefooting home.
Record goalscorer Reynolds got some reward on 76 minutes to claim a second for Romford and his 72nd for the club, before making way for Peter Oyetunji soon after.
But Coggeshall went close to a sixth when Khris Oti won a loose ball and set up fellow substitute Connor Hubble, whose curling effort was saved by Hughes.
And a last-ditch tackle from Danny Cossington denied Bantick his fourth goal after Darren Mills went through on goal and looked to square the ball to the striker.
Olukoga grabbed his second and Boro’s third goal from a quick free-kick in the last minute of normal time, but it was only a consolation after their horror show in the first half.
Romford are due to visit Dereham for their next fixture on Saturday October 20.
Romford: Hughes, Forrest, Joseph, Okoye, Olukoga, Cossington, Taylor (Jones 70), Bradford, Reynolds (Oyetunji 79), Bolton (Okoh 46), Campbell. Unused subs: Marsh, Akpele.