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Potters Bar Town
Romford
Full time
J NZENGO (73')
Sat 4 Nov 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 123

Potters Bar Town 2 (1) - (0) 1 ROMFORD Attendance 123 - Pakex Stadium

Romford were defeated at Potters Bar but deserved so much more after hitting the woodwork three times.

Paul Martin kept faith with the players who had recorded two successive cup victories and the team showed encouraging signs with a good attacking display, even though they eventually had to return pointless from Hertfordshire. The Boro started brightly and in the opening three minutes twice went close from two right wings crosses, firstly Carlos DJALO whipped a ball in that Sam MVEMBA was inches away from and then Ayo OLUKOGA sent in a ball that James ISHMAIL was unable to control and was gathered by the grateful keeper. Jonathan NZENGO and Harry DALY both fired off target from distance as Romford dominated the early exchanges before a flurry of goalbound efforts were all blocked by some heroic last ditch challenges from the Potter Bar defence.

At the other end Romford conceded an unnecessary corner and Hugo ATKINSON and Michael GOOCH had to combine to keep out a header at the far post in the twenty second minute, but just before the half hour Romford produced a quick counter attack with Ishmail shooting just wide. They were then hit with a sucker punch three minutes later, when Michael GOOCH had a shot easily covered but a wicked deflection diverted the ball to Eoin Casey to score the opening goal. Just before half time a Daly thunderbolt smashed against the post and and the ball rebounded to Olukoga who could only clip the opposite post with his shot whilst under heavy pressure and the ball went out of play for a goal kick.

The second half was very even as the midfields took over but a Mvemba miskicked cross was tipped onto the cross bar by the Potters Bar keeper as Romford’s bad luck continued. With their first chance of the second half Casey doubled the lead poking home a free kick to the far post in the fifty-ninth minute leaving Boro with a mountain to climb. They continued to push forward in a desperate effort to get back into the game and in the seventy-third minute a brilliant interception and run by Danny COSSINGTON gave Jonathan NZENGO the chance to smash the ball into the corner to reduce the deficit. Despite their best efforts Romford could not find a way through to earn a much needed point that was the least their performance deserved, and they remain at the foot of the table.

POTTERS BAR TOWN (1) 2 CASEY 32, 59
ROMFORD (0) 1 Jonathan NZENGO 73

ROMFORD: Michael GOOCH, Ayo OLUKOGA, Hugo ATKINSON, Danny COSSINGTON, Michael FINNERAN (Nick REYNOLDS 85), James ISHMAIL (OLA GIWA 81), Garret KELLY, Jonathan NZENGO, Carlos DJALO, Harry DALY, Sam MVEMBA (Connor HAMMOND 61) SUBS NOT USED STEPHEN REYNOLDS AND CHRIS TAYLOR

Key moments

73:00
Goal Jonathan NZENGO scores for Romford

Highlights

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85:00 Sub Off
Michael FINNERAN is substituted off for Romford
85:00 Sub On
Nick REYNOLDS is substituted on for Romford
81:00 Sub Off
James ISHMAIL is substituted off for Romford
81:00 Sub On
Olakunle GIWA is substituted on for Romford
76:00 Yellow Card
Michael FINNERAN is yellow carded for Romford
73:00 Goal 0 - 1
Jonathan NZENGO scores for Romford
73:00 Assist
Danny COSSINGTON makes an assist for Romford
62:00 Sub On
Connor HAMMOND is substituted on for Romford
62:00 Sub Off
Sam MVEMBA is substituted off for Romford
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Potters Bar Town
  • Romford
  • 0
  • Connor HAMMOND Sub On 62:00'
  • Sam MVEMBA Sub Off 62:00'
  • Jonathan NZENGO Goal 73:00'
  • Danny COSSINGTON Assist 73:00'
  • Michael FINNERAN Yellow Card 76:00'
  • James ISHMAIL Sub Off 81:00'
  • Olakunle GIWA Sub On 81:00'
  • Michael FINNERAN Sub Off 85:00'
  • Nick REYNOLDS Sub On 85:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
18. Ware 16 17
19. Tilbury 15 16
20. Brentwood Town 15 14
21. Cheshunt 17 13
22. Aveley 15 12
23. Norwich United 16 10
24. Romford 16 8

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