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Romford
Brentwood Town
N REYNOLDS (88'), R BUDD (53'), C HAMMOND (74')
Full time
Sat 6 Jan 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 149

ROMFORD 3 (0) - (1) 2 Brentwood Town Attendance 149 - Ship Lane

After only one victory in their first twenty league games, Romford have now won three of their last four in the fight against relegation.

Although having an equal amount of the first half possession and playing some decent football in midfield they did not look as incisive as their visitors nearer goal, who just about deserved their narrow half time lead. It came in the thirty sixth minute when Brentwood were allowed space down the left and the low cross had Stephen REYNOLDS scrambling back across goal, but he could not prevent ex-Boro man Alfie Hilton from getting the decisive touch. Things could have been worse had not Reynolds made one excellent save, whilst centre backs Danny COSSINGTON and Michael FINNERAN had to be alert to clear when danger threatened. At the other end Romford created some half chances but only tested the Brentwood keeper on a couple of occasions.

Boro came out for the second period in a more determined mood and it was Jay Knight who got the equaliser early doors, latching on to a pass by Hugo ATKINSON to calmy hit home his third goal in only his second appearance for Romford. However, as we have seen a few times before this season Boro sometimes let their concentration slip immediately after scoring, and it was only two minutes later that Brentwood were able to restore their lead though Andrew Freeman after he made space for himself following a short run into the box.

Manager Paul Martin brought on substitutes Harry DALY, Connor HAMMOND and Nick REYNOLDS, and although the visitors' single goal advantage was still looking reasonably comfortable, it was these changes that were eventually to be decisive as Romford stormed back to take the points in the last sixteen minutes. Hammond equalised again for Boro with a sweetly hit half volley after being set up by Reynolds and Knight then had an overhead kick well saved by the keeper before Daly also went close with a curling shot. At the other end Brentwood did not capitalise on a couple of good opportunities of their own, but with two minutes to go Romford were awarded a free kick which Daly swung into the goalmouth and record goalscorer Reynolds leapt high to get the very slightest of touches as the ball went in off the post. It was a great time for him to register his first strike of the season and Boro were able to see out the final seconds for only their second home league win of the campaign.

Team: Stephen REYNOLDS, Ayo OLUKOGA, Hugo ATKINSON, Danny COSSINGTON, Michael FINNERAN (c), Billy COYNE (Connor HAMMOND 67), James ISHMAIL, Bryan KYUNGU (Harry DALY 56), Chris TAYLOR (Nick REYNOLDS 67), Jay Knight, Jonathon Nzengo
Unused Subs: Kai Bichard, Olakunle Giwa

Scorers: 53 Jay Knight, 74 Connor HAMMOND, 88 Nick REYNOLDS

Yellow Card: 49 James ISHMAIL

MATCH REPORT BY PHIL REDWIN

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Key moments

53:00
Goal Rob BUDD scores for Romford
74:00
Goal Connor HAMMOND scores for Romford
88:00
Goal Nick REYNOLDS scores for Romford

Highlights

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88:00 Assist
Harry DALY makes an assist for Romford
88:00 Goal 3 - 0
Nick REYNOLDS scores for Romford
74:00 Assist
Nick REYNOLDS makes an assist for Romford
74:00 Goal 2 - 0
Connor HAMMOND scores for Romford
67:00 Sub Off
Chris TAYLOR is substituted off for Romford
67:00 Sub Off
Billy COYNE is substituted off for Romford
67:00 Sub On
Connor HAMMOND is substituted on for Romford
67:00 Sub On
Nick REYNOLDS is substituted on for Romford
56:00 Sub On
Harry DALY is substituted on for Romford
56:00 Sub Off
Bryan KYUNGU is substituted off for Romford
53:00 Goal 1 - 0
Rob BUDD scores for Romford
53:00 Assist
Hugo ATKINSON makes an assist for Romford
49:00 Yellow Card
James ISHMAIL is yellow carded for Romford
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As it happened

  • Romford
  • Brentwood Town
  • 0
  • James ISHMAIL Yellow Card 49:00'
  • Rob BUDD Goal 53:00'
  • Hugo ATKINSON Assist 53:00'
  • Harry DALY Sub On 56:00'
  • Bryan KYUNGU Sub Off 56:00'
  • Billy COYNE Sub Off 67:00'
  • Chris TAYLOR Sub Off 67:00'
  • Connor HAMMOND Sub On 67:00'
  • Nick REYNOLDS Sub On 67:00'
  • Connor HAMMOND Goal 74:00'
  • Nick REYNOLDS Assist 74:00'
  • Nick REYNOLDS Goal 88:00'
  • Harry DALY Assist 88:00'

Team selection

REYNOLDS, Stephen REYNOLDS, Stephen
OLUKOGA, Ayo OLUKOGA, Ayo
COSSINGTON, Danny COSSINGTON, Danny
KYUNGU, Bryan KYUNGU, Bryan
FINNERAN, Michael FINNERAN, Michael
ATKINSON, Hugo ATKINSON, Hugo
NZENGO, Jonathan NZENGO, Jonathan
ISHMAIL, James ISHMAIL, James
BUDD, Rob BUDD, Rob
TAYLOR, Chris TAYLOR, Chris
COYNE, Billy COYNE, Billy

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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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