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Ten-man Romford fall to Vines

PUBLISHED: 10:48 31 January 2016 | UPDATED: 10:48 31 January 2016

Romford goalkeeper Michael Gooch is shown a red card and sent off late in the first half against Thamesmead Town (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Romford goalkeeper Michael Gooch is shown a red card and sent off late in the first half against Thamesmead Town (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Former Romford captain Jack Barry (left) goes close for Thamesmead at Ship Lane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Former Romford captain Jack Barry (left) goes close for Thamesmead at Ship Lane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Ten-man Romford snatched defeat from the jaws of victory against promotion hopefuls Thamesmead at Ship Lane.

Boro goalkeeper Michael Gooch was given his marching orders for handling outside the area in the first half, but the hosts were left fuming when Tom Potter was on the receiving end of a reckless challenge moments later that resulted in only a yellow card.

The hosts were still leading at the break thanks to Sam Coe’s first goal for the club.

And Paul Martin’s men looked on course for a shock success after George Woodward doubled their lead on the hour with a well-taken goal.

Sam Coe in action for Romford against Thamesmead Town (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Sam Coe in action for Romford against Thamesmead Town (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Ben Glasgow hit back soon after to halve the deficit, though, and the visitors – who included former Boro captain and fan favourite Jack Barry in thier line-up – levelled in the last minute of normal time through Paul Vines.

Martin sent Chris Taylor and Joe Scott on for Chris Barry and Coe in an attempt to use up some time, but Thamesmead netted a winner in the third minute of injury time as Vines beat emergency keeper Nick Reynolds for a second time in quick succession.

Captain Matt Frew tweeted: “Gutted and a very hard one to take @RomfordFootball. Need to keep believing #UTB.”

Boro remain in 17th place, but will hope for better when they visit Haringey Borough, who are currently two points behind them with three games in hand, next weekend.

Romford players celebrate their second goal scored by George Woodward (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Romford players celebrate their second goal scored by George Woodward (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Romford: Gooch, Boswell, Woodward, Frew, Potter, C Barry (Taylor 90), Anderson, Cole, Reynolds, Coe (Scott 90), Akpele (Sadiku 29). Unused subs: Burgess, Olafunisle.

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