Romford’s Ishmail realistic after Regent loss

PUBLISHED: 08:43 11 April 2017 | UPDATED: 08:43 11 April 2017

James Ishmail of Romford heads clear (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

James Ishmail of Romford heads clear (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Captain concedes defeat to Ryman North champions

Romford captain James Ishmail had few complaints after his side’s 4-1 defeat at Brightlingsea Regent at the weekend.

Phil Kelly put the hosts ahead inside two minutes, with Billy Hunt and Aaron Condon also on target in the first half.

Hunt raced clear to claim his second after the restart, before substitute Ryan Mallett headed a late consolation for Boro, as Regent clinched the title.

And Ishmail said: “I think overall we have to hold our hands up and say the better team won on the day.

“When we play to our potential I back us against anyone but we didn’t show that on Saturday and got punished by a very strong side.

“In terms of performance, it was a complete contrast to the week before against Tilbury. We played some of our best football this season against them and dominated the game for long periods but something we could have improved this season is our consistency and this weekend showed that.”

Neighbours Hornchurch had also lost at North Road a week earlier and Ishmail admitted it was a difficult ground to play at.

But he gave credit to champions Regent for their success this season.

He added: “It’s a very tough place to go to and win. It’s not the best playing surface and very open and they played the conditions very intelligently on Saturday.

“Overall this season you have to say they are deserving title winners. They’ve been free scoring but very disciplined defensively so congratulations to them.”

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