Romford rejoice at Ryman success

PUBLISHED: 08:48 19 March 2012 | UPDATED: 10:25 19 March 2012

Dave Ottley in action for Romford against Harlow (Gavin Ellis/TGS)

Dave Ottley in action for Romford against Harlow (Gavin Ellis/TGS)

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Boro beat high-flying Harlow

Romford 2 Harlow Town 1

Ace poacher Kurt Smith proved Romford’s matchwinner in a thrilling Ryman One North encounter against a physical Harlow side.

The home side forced Harlow keeper Bertrand Bossu to pull off fine saves from Wale Odedoyin and Matt Toms in the first half.

And a long kick by keeper Elliot Anderson caught the visiting backline napping, leaving Smith to unleash a rasping volley which hit the woodwork from 20 yards out.

A shot on the turn from Smith forced Bossu to parry past the post and Joe Bingham’s shot went narrowly wide.

But Boro’s persistence was finally rewarded when a Hussein Isa corner was powerfully met by the head of central defender Jack Barry to put Romford in front at half-time.

The visitors came flying out of the blocks in the second half, but Mark Taylor’s low drive was brilliantly cleared off the line by Barry.

Harlow levelled in the 80th minute, though, when James Ishmail was judged to have handled in the box.

Taylor confidently stepped up and dispatched the spot-kick into the bottom left corner of the net.

But it was only a matter of seconds before Boro regained the advantage, as Bossu spilled the ball and the predatory Smith pounced to intelligently clip his shot into the top corner for his 15th goal of the season.

Romford stayed resilient until the final whistle, as Harlow tried but failed to craft out a point.

And victory will give Boro a boost going into games against Soham Town and Waltham Abbey, who are both below them in the table.

Romford: Anderson, Ottley, Kavanagh, J Barry, Toms, Mackin, Bingham, Odedoyin, Smith, Isa, Oates (Dicks 76).

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