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