Romford stand-in happy to Nick a point

PUBLISHED: 08:00 11 January 2015

Nick Reynolds played in goal for Romford against Brightlingsea Regent (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Nick Reynolds played in goal for Romford against Brightlingsea Regent (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Emergency keeper Reynolds lends a hand

Paul Clayton was on target for Romford against Brightlingsea Regent (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Paul Clayton was on target for Romford against Brightlingsea Regent (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Romford striker Nick Reynolds was happy to play his part as an emergency keeper in their draw with Ryman North rivals Brightlingsea Regent at Ship Lane.

With no reserve keeper available Reynolds was drafted into the starting line-up as a stand-in for Aaron Omand, whose girlfriend went into labour on the morning of the match.

And he said he would have taken a point if offered it beforehand, after Paul Martin’s men twice battled back from a goal down to earn a 2-2 draw.

Reynolds said: ““I was joking to Magic Tuesday night after the Thamesmead game about bringing my gloves as we all know Aaron’s girlfriend was about to have her baby but I didn’t think it would actually happen.

“Then I got a text from the gaffer telling me I better bring my gloves. I rang him straight away to ask if he was joking, but he told me that Aaron’s girlfriend had gone into labour.

“I did have to shoot to Sports Direct to get a pair of gloves though!”

It was not the first time Reynolds had played between the posts and was more than pleased to do his bit as Boro avoided a third successive defeat against Brightlingsea this season, having lost to them at home in the Essex Senior Cup and the away league fixture in early December.

Paul Clayton cancelled out Jake Holman’s opener in the first half, with his 47th goal for the club on his 395th appearance in a Rommford shirt.

And Eddie Hart got Boro back on level terms in the second period with his sixth of the season after Jordan Heath had put the visitors back in front.

“I played in goal a bit when I was younger, for school teams, but it must be about three years since I’ve played in a competitive game in goal,” added Reynolds.

“I thought it went ok. It would have been great to keep a clean sheet, but I thought their first goal there was a question of offside and we were too slow to react and the second I got down to make a save, but no one followed in, giving their player an easy tap-in.

“If someone said to me before the game it will finish 2-2 and you will make a few saves I would’ve taken that. I’m just happy not to lose and happy to just play really as I know i would’ve been on the bench otherwise.”

Martin was grateful for his striker’s help, but Reynolds was quick to praise his team-mates and is hoping they can climb the table in January.

He added: “After the game Magic said thanks for filling in, but it wasn’t just about me.

“In the second half we played a lot better and started to create a lot more than we have been doing recently, so hopefully as a team we will grow in confidence after today and kick on and grab a few more points this month.”

Romford chairman Steve Gardener was certainly pleased enough with the outcome and tweeted: “Fantastic performance from all the players today. 4 points in 2 games. Special mention to Nick Reynolds for covering in goal.

“Quote of the day from the referee. I thought your keeper had a great game, kept you in it at the end.”

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