Vital rewards for Romford
PUBLISHED: 08:16 01 October 2015 | UPDATED: 10:19 01 October 2015
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Ryman North: Romford 2 Waltham Abbey 0
Romford claimed a much-needed league win thanks to goals a few minutes either side of the break at Ship Lane last night.
With only one victory in their last 12 league and cup outings, following Saturday’s disappointing 1-0 home loss against bottom club Haringey Borough, Paul Martin’s men gave themselves a boost ahead of FA Trophy action this weekend as Nick Reynolds and Connor Goldstone netted.
And Martin will now be hoping his inconsistent side can maintain their momentum when they welcome North Greenford United on Sunday, with some vital prize money on offer in the first qualifying round tie.
The home side showed a lot more attacking intent against Abbey and thought they had taken the lead on four minutes when Reynolds found the back of the net, only for his effort to be ruled out for offside.
George Woodward was off target with a speculative effort on eight minutes, but Romford kept pushing and Joe Scott had an opening when keeper Antony Page spilled a header, but put the ball wide, and new recruit Akwasi Marfo was denied by a timely intervention from an Abbey defender as he was about to pull the trigger following good work between Ryan Boswell and Reynolds on the right.
The breakthrough came on 38 minutes, though, when the tireless Scott chased down two defenders and forced a mistake which allowed Goldstone to cut out a weak clearance and cross into the box, where a defender touched the ball past Page to present Reynolds with a two-yard tap-in
The goal made Reynolds the club’s all-time leading league goalscorer and Boro had a chance to double their lead just before the niterval when Scott pressed well again to win possession, but his left-footed shot was saved.
The home side did not have to wait too long after the restart to claim their second goal, though, as Reynolds sent a quick throw-in into the box and the ball bounced over Page, as Scott looked to flick it on, before hitting the far post and falling kindly for Goldstone to slam into the net.
The impressive Marfo went close to a third just two minutes later when he cut in from the right and curled a left-footed effort goalwards for Page to save and Boro were denied again on the hour when Page tipped Woodward’s well-struck free-kick over the crossbar.
Martin turned to his bench midway through the second half and Luke Stanley crossed for fellow substitute Robbie Farrell, whose shot on the turn hit the crossbar and was cleared to safety.
Abbey, managed by former Arsenal and Boro striker Martin Hayes, pushed forward late on in hope of a late reply, but the hosts held firm to claim their third league triumph of the campaign, following the earlier wins over Hornchurch and Great Wakering.
Romford: Gooch, Boswell, Woodward, Frew, Burton, Cossington, Norris, Goldstone (Tubey 81), Reynolds (Farrell 68), Scott (Stanley 74), Marfo. Unused subs: Culham, Potter.