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Heybridge Swifts
Romford
Full time
B CLARKE (74')
Tue 20 Feb 19:45 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 153

Heybridge Swifts 9 (7) - (0) 1 ROMFORD Attendance 153 - Scraley Road

After conceding seven first half goals Romford fought back gallantly to prevent Heybridge hitting double figures.

In the two league matches against Boro, Swifts have looked by far the best footballing side in the division so it was always going to be a tough night for the visitors and things were not helped when the hosts were awarded a soft looking penalty as early as the third minute. Rob BUDD guessed correctly but he could not quite reach the accurate, low drive by prolific striker Luke Callander. A short time later Romford had a good shout for a penalty of their own but the referee was badly positioned to spot the handball. From then on until half time Heybridge put on a great display of fast attacking football on a very wet surface and notched up six more goals after thirteen, nineteen, thirty two, thirty four, forty one and forty four minutes by Luque, Chatting, Henshaw, Krasniqi, Krasniqi and Chatting respectively.

The second half seemed to be set up for a cricket score but the young Romford team had gathered themselves together and come out determined to prevent further humiliation, and for most of the second half gave as good as they got. Some sustained pressure in the seventy fourth minute ended with Chiduben ONOKWAI hitting a low drive that thumped against the inside of the post and came back across goal for Ben CLARKE to hit home and give the travelling Boro supporters something to cheer. However, only two minutes later Henshaw got in close to score his second despite being offside, but the officials who had not given Romford anything much all night saw nothing wrong.

Almost immediately after that Baker got number nine with a nice lob and with added time a tired Boro were now faced with around fifteen more minutes until the end, but to their credit they defended well and pushed forward when they could, determined to keep the score against them down to single figures.

Team: Rob BUDD, Ayo OLUKOGA, Sam MVEMBA, Danny COSSINGTON (c), Aaron WATERS, Nathan OKOYE, Max AUSTIN (Ben CLARKE 72), Jonathon Nzengo (Josh SYKES 79), Chris TAYLOR, Greg AKPELE (Chiduben ONOKWAI 73), Harry DALY
Unused Subs: Paul Martin, Mario Djini

Goal: 74 Ben CLARKE

Yellow Cards: Danny COSSINGTON 23, Chris TAYLOR 25

Key moments

74:00
Goal Ben CLARKE scores for Romford

Highlights

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79:00 Sub Off
Jonathan NZENGO is substituted off for Romford
79:00 Sub On
Josh SYKES is substituted on for Romford
74:00 Goal 0 - 1
Ben CLARKE scores for Romford
74:00 Assist
Chiduben ONOKWAI makes an assist for Romford
73:00 Sub On
Chiduben ONOKWAI is substituted on for Romford
73:00 Sub Off
Greg AKPELE is substituted off for Romford
72:00 Sub On
Ben CLARKE is substituted on for Romford
72:00 Sub Off
Max AUSTIN is substituted off for Romford
End of period 1
25:00 Yellow Card
Chris TAYLOR is yellow carded for Romford
23:00 Yellow Card
Danny COSSINGTON is yellow carded for Romford
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As it happened

  • Heybridge Swifts
  • Romford
  • 0
  • Danny COSSINGTON Yellow Card 23:00'
  • Chris TAYLOR Yellow Card 25:00'
  • Ben CLARKE Sub On 72:00'
  • Max AUSTIN Sub Off 72:00'
  • Chiduben ONOKWAI Sub On 73:00'
  • Greg AKPELE Sub Off 73:00'
  • Ben CLARKE Goal 74:00'
  • Chiduben ONOKWAI Assist 74:00'
  • Jonathan NZENGO Sub Off 79:00'
  • Josh SYKES Sub On 79:00'

Team selection

BUDD, Rob BUDD, Rob
OLUKOGA, Ayo OLUKOGA, Ayo
MVEMBA, Sam MVEMBA, Sam
COSSINGTON, Danny COSSINGTON, Danny
WATERS, Aaron WATERS, Aaron
DALY, Harry DALY, Harry
NZENGO, Jonathan NZENGO, Jonathan
AUSTIN, Max AUSTIN, Max
OKOYE, Nathan OKOYE, Nathan
TAYLOR, Chris TAYLOR, Chris
AKPELE, Greg AKPELE, Greg

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# Team Pl Pts
18. Waltham Abbey 46 49
19. Cheshunt 46 49
20. Ware 46 48
21. Brentwood Town 46 46
22. Mildenhall Town 46 46
23. Romford 46 41
24. Norwich United 46 40

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