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AFC Sudbury
Romford
Full time
R COSSON (46'), J BRICKNELL (90' Pen)
Sat 8 Aug 15:00 - The Ryman Football League - Division North Attendance 312

AFC Sudbury 5 (4) - (0) 2 ROMFORD Attendance 312 - Brundon Lane

Boro could not come back from a disastrous opening thirty four minutes, but the game was not as one sided as the score suggests.

They actually started well on the new artificial carpet and had the home team pinned in their own half before they broke out and scored from their first real attack after seven minutes. Aaron OMAND did well to push out a shot to the right, but when a cross came straight back in, Parker had plenty of space to head home. The second followed eleven minutes later with another header, this time Clarke stooping low at the far post.
Luke Callander has scored plenty of goals at a higher level and after twenty seven minutes the prolific striker pounced on a Romford defensive error and rolled the ball in. The fourth came seven minutes later when Blackwell was left with an open goal after a long shot had come back off the post. In between all this mayhem the game had been fairly even or perhaps even shaded by Boro who had lots of possession and spent long periods in the Sudbury half. However the difference was the speed of attacks and clinical finishing from the hosts who had only been denied promotion in the play offs.
Romford made the best possible response inside the opening minute of the second half when Shomari BARNWELL broke down the left and got in a good cross. Bowles in the Sudbury goal who made good saves throughout the game, miraculously got a hand to Nick Reynold's point blank shot but could not stop the onrushing Reece COSSON forcing it home.
Urged on by the large away support Romford continued to press and created a number of half chances but the game was put to bed in the 65th minute when Callender scored a carbon copy of a goal he had previously registered against Romford for Heybridge, turning in a tight circle and sweeping the ball home in one movement. Boro still refused to fold in the heat and substitute Greg Akpele made some good runs, one of which resulted in him being upended in the box. Joe BRICKNELL's excellent penalty was the last kick of the match giving the score a slightly more respectable look.

AFC SUDBURY (4) 5 PARKER 7, CLARKE 18, CALLANDER 27, 65 BLACKWELL 34.

ROMFORD (0) 2 Reece COSSON 46, Joe BRICKNELL 90+3 (PEN)

ROMFORD: Aaron OMAND, Ryan BOSWELL, George WOODWARD, Nathan COOPER, MATT FREW, Danny COSSINGTON, Robbie NORRIS (Jake GIDDINGS 85), Reece COSSON (GREG AKPELE 63), Nick REYNOLDS (Chris TAYLOR 71) Shomari BARNWELL, Joe BRICKNELL SUBS NOT USED MICHAEL GOOCH, HARRY CULLAM

YELLOW CARDS Joe BRICKNELL 68, Nathan COOPER 71.

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Key moments

46:00
Goal Reece COSSON scores for Romford
90:00
Scored Penalty Joe BRICKNELL scores a penalty for Romford
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As it happened

  • AFC Sudbury
  • Romford
  • 0
  • Reece COSSON Goal 46:00'
  • Nick REYNOLDS Assist 46:00'
  • Greg AKPELE Sub On 63:00'
  • Reece COSSON Sub Off 63:00'
  • Joe BRICKNELL Yellow Card 68:00'
  • Chris TAYLOR Sub On 71:00'
  • Nick REYNOLDS Sub Off 71:00'
  • Nathan COOPER Yellow Card 74:00'
  • Jake GIDDINGS Sub On 85:00'
  • Robbie NORRIS Sub Off 85:00'
  • Joe BRICKNELL Scored Penalty 90:00'
  • Greg AKPELE Assist 90:00'

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OMAND, Aaron OMAND, Aaron
BOSWELL, Ryan BOSWELL, Ryan
WOODWARD, George WOODWARD, George
FREW, Matthew FREW, Matthew
COOPER, Nathan COOPER, Nathan
COSSON, Reece COSSON, Reece
COSSINGTON, Danny COSSINGTON, Danny
NORRIS, Robbie NORRIS, Robbie
BARNWELL, Shomari BARNWELL, Shomari
BRICKNELL, Joe BRICKNELL, Joe
REYNOLDS, Nick REYNOLDS, Nick

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