Felixstowe & Walton United 2 (2) - (1) 1 ROMFORD Attendance 261 - Dellwood Avenue
By Gary Redwin
A draw would have been a fair result but missed chances consigned Romford to a narrow defeat at wet and windy Felixstowe.
After a number of trips there for pre season friendlies it was Boro's first ever visit to Felixstowe for a competitive meeting and the heavy rain before and throughout the match lead to an error strewn game with both teams struggling at times to keep their feet on the slippery surface that was still hard underneath.
Both keepers had to make good saves early on but the home team took the lead after thirteen minutes when a long ball forward split the Romford defence leaving Miles Powell clear, and he was able to easily lob the onrushing Rhys HUGHES. Boro woke up and started to put together some decent moves, forcing a couple good saves from the Felixstowe stopper but they were fortunate not to fall further behind when the hosts fired a shot against the post with the ball being scrambled clear from the rebound. They did not ride that luck though and fell further behind after thirty two minutes when a well worked move down the right resulted in a low cross that was side footed in by Jack Ainsley although the defence had opportunities to clear. Romford now needed to get back into the game before the break and they did with six minutes left as the referee played a very good advantage when Greg AKPELE was upended on the edge of the box, allowing Tayor Tombides to bag his third in two games with a shot on target shot that took a deflection to wrong foot the keeper.
Boro could have no complaints about the half time score line but were the better team in the second period forcing Felixstowe to defend deep for long periods and should have equalised in the first minute when a well worked free kick allowed Jonathan NZENGO out on the left to drill a cross into the goalmouth which a couple of Romford boots were inches away from converting. Felixstowe then had an effort go just wide and another well saved by Hughes but from then on it was the visitors in the ascendancy, getting into dangerous positions but on too many occasions not being able to play that final killer ball. Chances came and went and the referee, who otherwise had an excellent game, failed to clamp down on a lot of time wasting including when the lack of a proper pitch surround meant the ball took ages to reappear every time it went out of play with the home bench forgetting that they had a bag of spare balls to hand.
It was mainly one way traffic towards the end with even Hughes coming up for set pieces and Boro seemed to have a very good shout for a penalty, but the referee was unsighted. The equaliser proved elusive and inevitably when the final whistle blew it was after only four minutes of added time when treble that amount that amount would have been more realistic.
Felixstowe & Walton United (2) 2 Powell 13, Ainsley 32
Romford (1) 1 Taylor TOMBIDES 39
Team: Rhys HUGHES, Ayo OLUKOGA, Jonathan NZENGO, Nathan OKOYE, George FORREST, Danny COSSINGTON (C), Chris TAYLOR, Taylor TOMBIDES (Ernest OKOH 72), Nick REYNOLDS (Max BOLTON 85), Greg AKPELE (Khadean CAMPBELL 72), Kurt SMITH
Unused Subs: Nathan Joseph, Jamie Marsh
Yellow Cards: Nathan OKOYE 16, Chris TAYLOR 60, Nick REYNOLDS 65, Jonathan NZENGO 69