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Romford make point in survival battle

PUBLISHED: 12:30 30 January 2015

Romford's goalie denies a Thurrock rival at Robert Clack Leisure Centre (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Romford's goalie denies a Thurrock rival at Robert Clack Leisure Centre (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Second string come from behind to draw

A Romford 2nd XI player looks to hold off a Thurrock rival at Robert Clack Leisure Centre (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)A Romford 2nd XI player looks to hold off a Thurrock rival at Robert Clack Leisure Centre (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Romford’s second string battled to a hard-earned point against Thurrock at Robert Clack to keep their hopes of avoiding relegation alive.

The earlier meeting between the two sides had ended in a 1-1 draw and the return proved just as close.

Thurrock began well and took the lead following a disputed short corner. The home side survived the first set-piece, but another was fired between keeper Lee Bennett and one of his defenders.

Romford were vastly improved in the second half and attacked well, but were finding it hard to penetrate the Thurrock D.

Romford 2nd XI met Thurrock 2nd XI in the East Hockey League at Robert Clack Leisure Centre (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Romford 2nd XI met Thurrock 2nd XI in the East Hockey League at Robert Clack Leisure Centre (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

An equaliser eventually arrived, though, when the ball found Brian Mansfield in an unmarked position and he converted from close range.

Stuart Boyling and Garry O’Donoghue netted as the first team beat East London fourths 2-0, but the thirds went down 10-0 at leaders Plashet.

Siobhan Scott Nielsen (2) and Emma James led the women to a 3-0 win over Wapping fourths, as Paula Woodward (2) and Zoe Lawrence saw the second string to a 3-0 win of their own against Brentwood fifths.


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