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Waltham Abbey
Romford
Full time
K HEATHER (70' Sent Off), A TIRANHU (34')
Sat 17 Feb 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 103

Waltham Abbey 3 (2)- (1) 1 ROMFORD Attendance 103 - Capershotts

It was another bitter defeat for Romford in a game where they were the better team for long periods.

Like the visitors, Abbey also came into this match after a run of defeats so Boro would have been hoping to take home a point or even three and for the opening twenty minutes they were very much on top and created a number of chances that sadly, they failed to take. The best of those came as early as the fourth minute as centre back and skipper Danny COSSINGTON got forward to join an attack and was put clear on goal by a superb through pass but he just could not get a foot on the ball with the goal gaping. More opportunities came but were not capitalised on before Romford were stunned as they conceded two goals in as many minutes. A corner was only half cleared, and when the ball was played back in Shad Ngandu reacted the quickest to knock it past the onrushing Rob BUDD and from the next Abbey attack a long ball found Ngandu in acres of space and he had plenty of time to notch his second.

The rest of the half was more even but eleven minutes before the break Romford did eventually get the goal that their earlier play had warranted. An inswinging Harry DALY free kick was headed back across goal by Max AUSTIN to Andrew TIRANHU whose own header hit the foot of the post and crept just over the line before being scooped out by the keeper, but luckily the linesman was perfectly positioned to signal the goal.

The second half started in much the same way as the first with Romford doing most of the attacking but once again they ware thwarted by a mixture of good Abbey defending, some indecisive finishing and nothing loose bouncing kindly for them in front of goal. They then received a blow when Kai HEATHER was given a slightly harsh yellow card for a routine foul and then moments later a second yellow and a red, when he reacted to some unnecessary retaliation by an Abbey man. All three of Paul Martin's substitutions were forwards as Boro still searched with growing desperation for the equaliser that would have been the least that they deserved but the contest was finally put to bed in the ninetieth minute by another sharp piece of finishing by Ngandu to complete his hat trick after the ball could not be cleared properly following a good save by Budd.

So Romford slipped back to the bottom of the table as they prepare for a tough midweek trip to Heybridge and the weekend visit of Barking.

Team: Rob BUDD, Ayo OLUKOGA, Sam MVEMBA (78 Connor HAMMOND), Danny COSSINGTON (c), Andrew TIRANHU, Adam MCGEORGE, Kai HEATHER, Harry DALY, Max AUSTIN (56 Craig JEAKINS), Chiduben ONOKWAI (78 Josh SYKES), Jonathon Nzengo
Unused Subs: Chris Taylor, Mario Gjini

Goal: 34 Andrew TIRANHU

Yellow Card: 70 Kai HEATHER
Red Card: 70 Kai HEATHER

Key moments

34:00
Goal Andrew TIRANHU scores for Romford
70:00
Red Card Kai HEATHER is sent off for Romford

Highlights

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78:00 Sub On
Josh SYKES is substituted on for Romford
78:00 Sub On
Connor HAMMOND is substituted on for Romford
78:00 Sub Off
Chiduben ONOKWAI is substituted off for Romford
78:00 Sub Off
Sam MVEMBA is substituted off for Romford
70:00 Yellow Card
Kai HEATHER is yellow carded for Romford
70:00 Red Card 0 - 1
Kai HEATHER is sent off for Romford
56:00 Sub On
Craig JEAKINS is substituted on for Romford
56:00 Sub Off
Max AUSTIN is substituted off for Romford
End of period 1
34:00 Assist
Max AUSTIN makes an assist for Romford
34:00 Goal 0 - 1
Andrew TIRANHU scores for Romford
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Waltham Abbey
  • Romford
  • 0
  • Max AUSTIN Assist 34:00'
  • Andrew TIRANHU Goal 34:00'
  • Craig JEAKINS Sub On 56:00'
  • Max AUSTIN Sub Off 56:00'
  • Kai HEATHER Yellow Card 70:00'
  • Kai HEATHER Red Card 70:00'
  • Josh SYKES Sub On 78:00'
  • Connor HAMMOND Sub On 78:00'
  • Chiduben ONOKWAI Sub Off 78:00'
  • Sam MVEMBA Sub Off 78:00'

Team selection

BUDD, Rob BUDD, Rob
OLUKOGA, Ayo OLUKOGA, Ayo
MVEMBA, Sam MVEMBA, Sam
COSSINGTON, Danny COSSINGTON, Danny
TIRANHU, Andrew TIRANHU, Andrew
DALY, Harry DALY, Harry
NZENGO, Jonathan NZENGO, Jonathan
MCGEORGE, Adam MCGEORGE, Adam
HEATHER, Kai HEATHER, Kai
AUSTIN, Max AUSTIN, Max
ONOKWAI, Chiduben ONOKWAI, Chiduben

League round up

Other North Division results

1
0
AFC Hornchurch
Barking
3
1
Bury Town
Cheshunt
2
1
Bowers & Pitsea
Dereham Town
2
2
0
1
Haringey Borough
3
1
Brentwood Town

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League table

# 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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