Romford’s Frew ‘was laughing’ at own goal
PUBLISHED: 15:45 19 November 2015 | UPDATED: 15:45 19 November 2015
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Defender reflects on wind-assisted freak
Romford’s Matt Frew admitted he couldn’t help but laugh when Thurrock’s Kamarl Duncan scored a bizarre own goal against his side in midweek.
In strong winds, Duncan saw an attempted clearance balloon back over his own head and then bounce over keeper Rhys Madden to give Boro a first-half lead at Ship Lane.
And although Ross Wall hit back for Fleet to secure a 1-1 draw, the own goal has been the biggest talking point ever since.
Frew said: “We were happy to see it hit the back of the net, but it was a really weird one. It was like being at the circus!
“Everyone has been retweeting it. I was laughing, but then thinking ‘we’re having this for the rest of the game’.
“I had the best view, but the way they were clearing balls, it was like they wasn’t putting any effort into it. It’s why they were getting caught out.
“You can’t just chip it up in the air, you’ve got to drill it, put your foot through the ball and think it’s someone you hate, smash the lights out of it.”
Despite having the elements in their favour in the opening 45 minutes, Boro could not build on their moment of extremely good fortune.
But Frew felt they were more than good value for a share of the spoils after a hard-working second-half display.
He added: “It was a really strange game. It was my first experience of a Romford-Thurrock match, but the weather spoilt it really.
“Both teams tried to do the right thing and get it down and play and we deserved a point when you look at the chances.
“We went with the wind in the first half and got a lucky goal, but we should’ve scored more. We didn’t really take advantage.
“I’ve never played in conditions like it in my life. I knew we’d have to defend for our lives in the second half, but we actually seemed more dangerous playing against the wind, catching them on the counter, and could’ve gone 2-0 up when Chin (McKenzie) put one just past the post.
“But one lapse let them in for their goal from a quick free-kick. We switched off, but we were happy with a point, considering where they are in the league.”
Frew praised the kicking of Boro keeper Michael Gooch and admitted the conditions had been a real leveller against a Thurrock side sitting in third place at the start of play.
“Goochie’s kicking was phenomenal in the second half and we did all the right things in the wind really.
“They were such hard conditions. It was so easy for the wind to grab it.
“Thurrock do play lovely football and if we were playing them in better conditions, they might have popped it about a bit.
“It’s another point on the board and it’s a good point.”
Romford’s attention now switches to Saturday’s trip to Witham, who have just 16 points from 17 matches to date.
And Frew knows the players need to back up their performance from midweek at Spa Road.
He added: “We can match the top teams, but we struggle against those teams around us. Witham is a big game for us.
“We’ve got to be consistent and beat the teams around us. It’s our own fault, not the manager’s.
“We can’t go out there and just play at 60 per cent. We’ve got to take the same fight and desire into other games, then we will turn teams over.
“The management do it the right way in terms of prepping us. It’s down to the players in the 11 shirts. We’re like a tap at the moment, on and off.”
*See Dawn Hyslop’s video of the ‘craziest wind assisted goal ever’.