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Romford held by Witham hosts

PUBLISHED: 08:30 12 October 2018

Romford HC Ladies vs Crostyx HC Ladies 3rd XI, Essex Women's League Field Hockey at Bower Park Academy on 29th September 2018

Romford HC Ladies vs Crostyx HC Ladies 3rd XI, Essex Women's League Field Hockey at Bower Park Academy on 29th September 2018

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Romford’s men were held to a 3-3 draw by Witham seconds in a bad-tempered East Four South East contest.

John Binks, Jamie Norris and Russ Parslow returned in a reshuffled line-up and they went close when Norris saw a shot hit Ashley Meyer’s foot.

The home side took the lead when a wayward shot deflected off a Romford stick to deceive Tom Woodman, but Stuart Boyling won possession and teed up Meyer to level.

Player-coach Roger Hiett was forced off with an injury, as tackles flew in from both sides, and Witham went close from a short corner.

Romford made a bright start to the second half and scored twice inside 10 minutes through Meyer, who completed a hat-trick, before tempers began to fray.

And Witham hit back from an unstoppable short corner, as a string of decisions went against the visitors, before drawing level soon after.

Woodman denied them a winner with some stunning saves on his way to a third successive man of the match award, while Romford failed to capitalise on a late corner and host Wapping sevenths next.

The seconds beat Braintree Knights 6-4 in a Division Eight thriller at Bower Park.

The visitors took an early lead as Romford started with only 10 men, but Rob Smith fired home from two short corners after fine play from Dave Butcher, Blake Tomlinson and Sean Simpson.

Smith struck again to complete a six-minute hat-trick, after Dan Harrison’s run and pass, but Braintree replied from a corner.

Once at full strengh, Romford went 4-2 up late in the first half as Jim Venus raced away and set up Tomlinson to tap home. But Braintree hit back with two goals either side of Romford’s fifth.

Man of the match Trevor Walton made sure of the points for Romford, though, after Tomlinson’s shot was spilled.

The thirds were awarded the points from their match with Old Southendian, while the women beat Old Loughts fourths 3-0 in Essex League Division Two.

Leah Butcher bagged a brace, with Lorraine Farnham also on target for the visitors.

And the seconds took a Division Five point from a 2-2 draw with Wapping eights as Carm Carter and Kim McNally netted.

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