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Depleted Romford put to the sword by Plashet as season begins with a heavy reverse

PUBLISHED: 11:00 28 September 2018

Romford defend a corner against Plashet (pic Perry Tomlinson)

Romford defend a corner against Plashet (pic Perry Tomlinson)

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Romford's men began the new East League Division Four South East with a tough task against Plashet.

Romford's Steve Harvey (pic Perry Tomlinson)Romford's Steve Harvey (pic Perry Tomlinson)

The east London club had run away with the Division Five title last season, winning every match played, and hosted a depleted Romford side.

But the visitors packed the defence to try and frustrate their rivals for as long as possible, leaving Steve Harvey as a lone attacker.

Plashet passed the ball around at speed and opened the scoring when a lapse in concentration allowed a player to run into the D and fire an unstoppable shot into the top corner.

Romford remained on the back foot throughout the first half, but tackled ferociously and saw Tom Woodman produce a string of fine double and triple saves.

Plashet were able to increase their lead before the break, but Romford rallied during the interval and began to enjoy some possession of their own.

They hit back when Aaron Mifsud smashed a ball into the D from the right and saw Sajid Ali Nasir convert, before Alfie Harvey capitalised on a good advantage from the umpire to fire a second into the bottom corner.

That was as good as it got for Romford, though, as Plashet struck twice more to go 6-2 up and Ashley Meyer received a green card for dissent.

The home side completed the scoring with a seventh goal, as Harvey took the man of the match award for Romford, who host Saffron Walden this weekend.

There was better news for the seconds, who beat East London eights 2-0 in Division Eight.

Having changed their formation to a more expansive 4-3-3, Romford found themselves on the back foot for the first 25 minutes but dug deep to avoid conceding.

Donal Simmie produced an excellent block from a short corner, before Russell Parslow won a set-piece at the other end and Jim Venus fired home from the top of the D.

Romford doubled their lead five minutes later when they broke upfield and Venus smashed home.

East London continued to attack after the break, but Trevor Walton and Ho Yung stretched the game on the wings, as man of the match Gary Venus dominated in midfield to secure a 2-0 win.

The women’s seconds were also celebrating after a 4-0 victory over Upminster sixths in Essex League Division Five.

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