Romford maintain fine form
PUBLISHED: 10:05 18 November 2012
Essex University 0 Romford 2
A goal in each half allowed in-form Romford to extend their unbeaten run in Essex Division One to eight matches in Colchester yesterday.
The visitors made a bright start, with a strong run by the impressive Sara Ronayne leading to the first short corner of the match.
Abi Overton’s strike was blocked by the home defence and sisters Sheryl and Emma James were denied by saves from the Uni keeper at the next set-piece.
Overton intercepted a pass on a rare Essex counter-attack, before Sheryl James found Emma in the D, only for the home keeper to make a smothering block.
But Romford opened the scoring when a short corner was played out to Sheryl James at the top of the D and she found captain Lorraine Farnham by the left post to sweep home.
Goalkeeper Rachel Elliott was largely unemployed until just before half-time, when she made a fine save to deny the home side an equaliser.
And Elliott was called upon again soon after the restart to produce another impressive stop as the rain began to get heavier.
Natalie Earnshaw cut out a dangerous looking cross from the right, before dribbling clear, but Romford had Elliott to thank for a superb double save soon after.
Trudie Clark was forced off with a recurrence of a shoulder injury, but bravely returned to the action to help defend Romford’s lead.
And several strong runs on the left wing from Megan Wakefield and Katie Williams kept Romford on the front foot, with Elliott twice denying the Uni captain at the other end.
Romford made sure of the points five minutes from time when the hard-working Rhian Davies fired the ball into the D and, when Sheryl James could not convert, sister Emma pounced on the loose ball to make sure.
And with Vicki Yeomans earning the player of the match honours for an outstanding display on the right, the visitors were good value for the three points as they recorded a seventh win in eight outings.