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Swifts sink Romford hopes

PUBLISHED: 08:40 23 March 2015 | UPDATED: 08:40 23 March 2015

Loui Hazelwood of Romford runs with the ball against Heybridge Swifts (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

Loui Hazelwood of Romford runs with the ball against Heybridge Swifts (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

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Ryman North: Romford 1 Heybridge 3

Callum Ibe of Romford on the attack against Heybridge Swifts (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)Callum Ibe of Romford on the attack against Heybridge Swifts (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

Romford could not make much impact on an in-form Heybridge Swifts side, but remain two points above the Ryman North drop zone after other results mostly went their way at the weekend.

Romford boss Paul Martin brought David Ottley back into the starting line-up, with Manzi Mbala and Ryan Imbert included on the bench on their returns to the club.

And Boro had most of the early possession, only to find themselves behind after 14 minutes as former player Joe Pearman struck for Swifts with a fine free kick.

Abs Seymour shaved the crossbar from a tight angle and Callum Ibe fired across goal after a mazy run before the visitors doubled their advantage on 35 minutes.

Tyrone Scarlett of Romford under pressure from a Heybridge rival (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)Tyrone Scarlett of Romford under pressure from a Heybridge rival (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

Boro conceded another soft free kick on the right and Pearman picked out the head of Sam West to nod home.

The home side made a good start to the second half, but fell further behind after six minutes when Adeyinka Cole was given time to fire home from long range.

Loui Hazelwood hit a post after a shot on the turn, before Tyrone Scarlett was sent on for Ottley.

Boro got one back on 66 minutes when Hazelwood smashed home his fifth goal of the season and Martin gave Imbert and Mbala late run outs from the bench in a bid to make further inroads into Heybridge’s lead.

Joe Scott of Romford takes a shot at goal against Heybridge Swifts (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)Joe Scott of Romford takes a shot at goal against Heybridge Swifts (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

But Hazelwood’s goal proved to be only a consolation as Swifts held on comfortably to take the points back to Scraley Road.

Relegation rivals Barkingside fell to a 2-0 home defeat against Dereham and Romford will look to give their survival bid a notable boost when Matt Frew’s men visit Ship Lane on Wednesday.

Romford: Omand, Ottley (Scarlett 60), McLeavy, C Barry (Imbert 70), Ishmail, Norris, Hazelwood, Seymour, Reynolds, Scott (Mbala 75), Ibe.

Unused subs: Findlator, Mbala, J Barry.


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