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Romford
Aveley
M BOLTON (35'), N REYNOLDS (54')
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Wed 26 Sep 19:45 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 134

ROMFORD 2(1) - (0) 0 Aveley Attendance 134 - Rookery Hill

Romford bounced back brilliantly from Saturday's disappointing defeat to register a thoroughly deserved victory over second placed Aveley.

This match was a great advert for the Bostik North, played at a fast pace by two totally committed sides and all action from start to finish. Paul Martin named the same squad that had travelled to Felixstowe but with a couple changes in the actual starting line up, Jamie MARSH and Ernest OKOH in for George Forrest and Nathan Okoye to give it a slightly more attacking look.

A lively start saw Aveley putting the Romford defence under most of the early pressure before Taylor TOMBIDES went very near for Boro in the tenth minute.The home team were then disrupted soon after as Tombides had to limp off and his replacement Max BOLTON failed to convert a golden opportunity on the half hour, miskicking after being set up by Greg AKPELE's mazy run and pinpoint cross. However the young striker did lot allow this to affect him as only a few minutes later he received a wonderful defence splitting pass from Jonathan NZENGO and immediately drilled an accurate strike across the Aveley keeper and into the far corner of the net. In between times the game had flowed back and forth with both defences and keepers called into action on numerous occasions by both sets of forwards before the half time whistle allowed the players and well entertained spectators to draw a breath.

Romford knew that it would not be a good idea just to try and sit on their lead and they attempted to hit Aveley early on. When Okoh could only be stopped unfairly Nzengo's free kick caused an almighty scramble in the box before Chris TAYLOR spun in the rebound which the keeper just managed to fist clear. Aveley came back and forced Rhys HUGHES into two good saves before Boro then went further ahead after fifty four minutes. Record scorer Nick REYNOLDS lead the line well all night and his run into the box perfectly anticipated Nzengo's low cross from the right which he finished with a cheeky flick with the inside of his heel.

The visitors now stepped up the pressure more and more to try and get back into the game but some heroic defending by the Romford back line, marshalled by skipper Danny COSSINGTON alongside young Jamie MARSH kept them at bay and they were helped by the non stop running and closing down by their team mates further up the pitch. The attack did not let the Aveley defence settle either and could have extended the lead further with Akpele especially causing huge problems with his full repertoire of dribbles and step overs. As the game drew to a close Aveley were still not giving up the points lightly with Hughes being forced into action but it was not to be their night and Romford were able to preserve their perfect home league record with a win against a very good Millers side.

Romford (1) 2 Max BOLTON 35, Nick REYNOLDS 54
Aveley (0) 0

Romford: Rhys HUGHES, Ayo OLUKOGA, Jonathan NZENGO, Jamie MARSH, Kurt SMITH (Nathan JOSEPH 27), Danny COSSINGTON (C), Chris TAYLOR, Ernest OKOH, (Khadean CAMPBELL 90), Nick REYNOLDS, Taylor TOMBIDES (Max BOLTON 13), Greg AKPELE
Unused Subs: George Forrest, Nathan Okoye

Yellow Card: Greg AKPELE 32

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Key moments

35:00
Goal Max BOLTON scores for Romford
54:00
Goal Nick REYNOLDS scores for Romford

Highlights

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90:00 Sub Off
Ernest OKOH is substituted off for Romford
90:00 Sub On
Khadean CAMPBELL is substituted on for Romford
54:00 Goal 2 - 0
Nick REYNOLDS scores for Romford
54:00 Assist
Nathan JOSEPH makes an assist for Romford
End of period 1
35:00 Assist
Jonathan NZENGO makes an assist for Romford
35:00 Goal 1 - 0
Max BOLTON scores for Romford
32:00 Yellow Card
Greg AKPELE is yellow carded for Romford
27:00 Sub Off
Kurt SMITH is substituted off for Romford
27:00 Sub On
Nathan JOSEPH is substituted on for Romford
13:00 Sub On
Max BOLTON is substituted on for Romford
13:00 Sub Off
Taylor TOMBIDES is substituted off for Romford
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Romford
  • Aveley
  • 0
  • Max BOLTON Sub On 13:00'
  • Taylor TOMBIDES Sub Off 13:00'
  • Kurt SMITH Sub Off 27:00'
  • Nathan JOSEPH Sub On 27:00'
  • Greg AKPELE Yellow Card 32:00'
  • Max BOLTON Goal 35:00'
  • Jonathan NZENGO Assist 35:00'
  • Nick REYNOLDS Goal 54:00'
  • Nathan JOSEPH Assist 54:00'
  • Ernest OKOH Sub Off 90:00'
  • Khadean CAMPBELL Sub On 90:00'

Team selection

HUGHES, Rhys HUGHES, Rhys
NZENGO, Jonathan NZENGO, Jonathan
SMITH, Kurt SMITH, Kurt
OKOH, Ernest OKOH, Ernest
COSSINGTON, Danny COSSINGTON, Danny
MARSH, Jamie MARSH, Jamie
TOMBIDES, Taylor TOMBIDES, Taylor
OLUKOGA, Ayo OLUKOGA, Ayo
AKPELE, Greg AKPELE, Greg
TAYLOR, Chris TAYLOR, Chris
REYNOLDS, Nick REYNOLDS, Nick

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# Team Pl Pts
14. Dereham Town 13 15
15. Brentwood Town 11 13
16. Romford 12 13
17. Mildenhall Town 13 13
18. Tilbury 13 8
19. Soham Town Rangers 13 7
20. Witham Town 12 5

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