Two-goal Chris Taylor sees Romford past Great Wakering Rovers
PUBLISHED: 09:12 05 March 2017 | UPDATED: 09:12 05 March 2017
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Chris Taylor produced another two-goal salvo to see Romford to the Ryman North points at Ship Lane.
Having bagged a brace to help Boro get the better of Witham three weeks earlier, when called into the starting line-up at short notice when Nick Reynolds picked up an injury in the warm-up, Taylor repeated the trick to help see off relegation-threatened Great Wakering.
Paul Martin’s men had beaten Thamesmead a week earlier, thanks to Chinedu McKenzie’s 27th goal of the season and Kai Bichard’s winner, and McKenzie had netted with an overhead kick in the earlier meeting with Rovers, which ended in a 1-1 draw at Burroughs Park.
McKenzie forced Ashley Harrison into a save with a well-struck drive and spurned another chance, along with Taylor, before Steve Butterworth rounded Callum Chafer and slotted home to give the visitors the lead eight minutes before the interval.
Boro were back on level terms just four minutes after the restart, as McKenzie fired in a cross for Taylor to convert, but Rovers had a chance to regain the lead foiled by the intervention of Ryan Boswell and Chafer.
The visitors did have the ball in the net again, before noticing an offside flag had been raised to shatter their celebrations, but Greg Akpele missed a gilt-edged chance to put Romford ahead, racing clear but failing to get the better of Harrison.
A winning goal arrived three minutes from time, though, when Taylor ran through on the right and produced a delicate finish over the onrushing Harrison for his fifth goal of the season as Boro claimed their fifth win in nine outings.
Victory took Martin’s men to 48 points for the season and they are set to make the long trip to Norfolk to face bottom club Wroxham next weekend.
Romford: Chafer, Boswell, Marfo, Cossington, Mallett, Adebayo, Bichard, Akpele (Olukoga 81), McKenzie, Taylor (Reynolds 87), Abdul (Browne-Sykes 73).
Unused subs: Barry, Ishmail.