AFC Sudbury 2 (1) - (0) 1 ROMFORD Attendance 222 - Wardale Williams Stadium
By Gary Redwin
A battling Boro were unlucky in defeat losing by two goals to one against Sudbury.
Paul Martin kept faith with most of the eleven that earned a dramatic late point in Norfolk on Tuesday, with Jonathan ADEBAYO replacing the unavailable Michael Finneran on a hot afternoon in Suffolk.
Unfortunately things did not start well for Romford when a mistake in defence by Jonathan NZENGO, who was once again forced to play in the unfamiliar role of left back, allowed Jamie Eaton-Collins to sweep home from the edge of the box in the second minute of the game. Despite this setback Romford worked hard and started to get more of the ball while keeping a lively Sudbury strike force at bay. Connor HAMMOND went close to an equaliser before a great move by Romford allowed Vlad SIGHIARTAU to race clear but just as he was about to fire towards goal a Sudbury defender just got back in the nick of time to make a goal saving challenge.
Hammond had another chance saved before Sighiartau worked an opening down the right wing and pulled the ball back to an advancing Nick REYNOLDS. The striker could not have asked to hit the ball more sweetly but with his effort flying into the top corner, the Sudbury stopper and man of the match Paul Walker somehow got across to tip the ball wide. With Romford being the better team they must have been disappointed to go in at half time a goal behind.
Romford continued the second half where they had left off in the first, firmly on the front foot with Greg AKPELE firing just over the bar from distance. Akpele was causing the home defence all sorts of problems and after another strong run once again fired over. Just past the hour mark Romford finally got the goal their play deserved and it was that man Akpele who grabbed it when the ball ran kindly to him and his shot on goal took a deflection and finally beat the outstanding Walker.
Romford were close to taking the lead just a few minutes later when Nick REYNOLDS flicked on a long ball and Sighiartau raced past his marker but his effort went just wide of the far post. Adebayo hit a shot again just wide of the post as the Boro tried to assert their dominance but they were dealt a body blow with Sudbury's first real attack of the second half when after a neat move they made space down the right and the cross found Jake Clowsley alone in the area to stab the ball home.
Despite throwing men forward Romford could not find an equaliser with substitute Ola Giwa having a shot near the end saved and Romford left for home rooted at the bottom of the league after Norwich won their home match against Waltham Abbey.
AFC SUDBURY (1) 2 EATON-COLLINS 2, CLOWSLEY 71
ROMFORD (0) 1 Greg AKPELE 62
ROMFORD: Stephen REYNOLDS, Ayo OLUKOGA, Jonathan NZENGO, Danny COSSINGTON, James ISHMAIL, Jonathan ADEBAYO, Manny BROWN, Greg AKPELE, Nick REYNOLDS (Ben CLARKE 78), Vlad SIGHIARTAU (OLA GIWA 81), Connor HAMMOND (Craig JEAKINS 81) SUBS NOT USED PAUL MARTIN
YELLOW CARD: Jonathan NZENGO 88