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Hertford Town
Romford
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M AUSTIN (76')
Tue 13 Feb 19:45 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 83

Hertford Town 1 (0) - (0) 0 ROMFORD Attendance 83 Hertingfordbury Park

It was heartbreak for Romford as a stoppage time goal for Hertford gave the hosts all three points.

On a wet night and on a pitch resembling something from the 1970’s Romford looked to bounce back from five consecutive league defeats, but after battling well all game they ultimately fell just short of earning a valuable point. Manager Paul Martin brought in four new players for the game and could not fault anyone’s commitment to the cause as the team fought hard on a bog of pitch. Conditions for both teams stopped anything that could resemble flowing football and chances at either end were few and far between. New keeper Rob BUDD did well in the fifteenth minute to deny Emmanuel Osei as the forward raced through and tried to round him but the ball fell kindly to Charlie Ruff who's shot looked to have given Hertford the lead only for Aaron WATERS to head the ball off the line. Both teams were restricting each other to long range efforts but on the half hour Mario GJINI beat three men down the right wing before pulling the ball back to Chiduben Onoakwi but his curling effort was pushed behind for a corner. Osei shot wide for the host’s after bundling his way through while Onoakwi fired straight at the keeper when well placed for the Boro. Right on half time Hertford won a soft free kick that was whipped in but headed over the bar by Ruff.

Romford looked more of an attacking threat in the second half and straight after the break Onoakwi controlled a ball forward before teeing up Harry DALY who fizzed a shot inches wide with the keeper unmoved. Brett O’Connor did well for the hosts when receiving the ball on the right wing but after cutting in, his left foot drive was pushed out by Budd and Romford cleared the danger. Despite some good build up play in sticky conditions neither side really created anything that you would call goal threatening and anything that was on target was easily dealt with by both number ones. Near the end of the game Romford sensed victory but could not find the final ball after getting in good positions but then in the third minute of injury time Hertford broke down the left and a low cross held up perfectly in the conditions for Philip Lowen to poke home after just getting ahead of his marker. It was devastating for the Boro but similar solid performances in the coming weeks should soon bring the right results.

HERTFORD TOWN (0) 1 LOWEN 90+3
ROMFORD (0) 0

ROMFORD: Rob BUDD. Ayo OLUKOGA, Sam MVEMBA, Danny COSSINGTON, Aaron WATERS, Nathan OKOYE (Ben CLARKE 79), Kai HEATHER, UKA POWELL (Max AUSTIN 76), CHIDUBEN ONOAKWI, Harry DALY, Mario GJINI (Jonathan NZENGO 67) SUBS NOT USED CHRIS TAYLOR & ANDREW TIRANHU

Key moments

76:00
Goal Max AUSTIN scores for Romford

Highlights

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79:00 Sub On
Ben CLARKE is substituted on for Romford
79:00 Sub Off
Nathan OKOYE is substituted off for Romford
76:00 Sub Off
Powell UKA is substituted off for Romford
76:00 Goal 0 - 1
Max AUSTIN scores for Romford
68:00 Yellow Card
Kai HEATHER is yellow carded for Romford
67:00 Sub On
Jonathan NZENGO is substituted on for Romford
67:00 Sub Off
Mario GJINI is substituted off for Romford
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As it happened

  • Hertford Town
  • Romford
  • 0
  • Jonathan NZENGO Sub On 67:00'
  • Mario GJINI Sub Off 67:00'
  • Kai HEATHER Yellow Card 68:00'
  • Powell UKA Sub Off 76:00'
  • Max AUSTIN Goal 76:00'
  • Nathan OKOYE Sub Off 79:00'
  • Ben CLARKE 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
GJINI, Mario GJINI, Mario
OKOYE, Nathan OKOYE, Nathan
HEATHER, Kai HEATHER, Kai
UKA, Powell UKA, Powell
ONOKWAI, Chiduben ONOKWAI, Chiduben

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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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