Gr-eight escape for Romford women
PUBLISHED: 09:30 28 March 2014
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Essex Premier: Romford 8 Crostyx II 0
Romford’s women ensured their Essex Premier Division survival with a great 8-0 win over Crostyx seconds on the final day of the season.
They had lost the earlier meeting, which remained Crostyx’s only win of the campaign, but dominated from the start and took the lead as Emma James converted a short corner.
Katie Williams doubled the advantage after further pressure and Vikki Yeomans added a third with her first goal for several seasons.
Goalkeeper Rachel Elliott was a virtual spectator as Lorraine Farnham, Shannon Coard, Natalie Earnshaw, Sam Berardi and Trudie Clark held firm.
And Romford went 4-0 up in the second half as James claimed her second, before she combined with Farnham at a corner to set up Williams.
Sonata Sliuzaite’s great run and shot made it 7-0, before James took her tally to four to complete the tally and lift Romford to eighth in the table at the end of a challenging season.
The seconds fought back from 2-0 down to draw at Essex University.
Paula Woodward’s half-time team-talk inspired the comeback, as Lucy Williams halved the deficit and newcomer Zoe Lawrence levelled with her first goal for the club.
The men’s second string also finished on a high with a 3-2 win at Old Southendian fourths.
Lee Bennett made several superb saves before Dave Butcher set up Ray Hibbard to open the scoring.
And Romford went 2-0 up when man of the match David Banting fired home from John Toh’s corner.
Banting produced two good blocks at the other end before half time, but the hosts hit back after the restart.
Romford restored their two-goal cushion when Toh surged forward and foud Dan Harrison, who crossed for Hibbard to claim his second goal of the game.
Alfie Harvey looked dangerous on the left as Romford searched for a fourth, but Southendians gave themselves late hope with a second.
Bennett and Banting denied them an equaliser, though, and Romford celebrated a winning end to the campaign.
Goals from Ahad Khan and Jim Venus were little consolation as the first team went down 8-2 against Waltham Forest seconds.
And the thirds crashed to a 14-0 defeat at East London.
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