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Romford
Grays Athletic
A OLUKOGA (8')
Full time
Tue 1 Jan 13:00 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 182

ROMFORD (1) 1 - 0 (0) Grays Athletic Attendance 182 - Rookery Hill

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A great start to the new year for Romford with a victory over Grays that ended a run of 11 league games without a win.

The visitors arrived in a good league position just outside the play off spots but throughout the first half they were not able to cause too many problems for a Romford defence who looked a lot safer and assured than in recent weeks with debutant Frederico HERNANDEZ and the returning Toby BARLOW at full back flanking skipper Danny COSSINGTON and Danny NESBITT. The Boro back line also had the luxury of an early 8th minute lead to defend when after Grays had been tested with a couple of excellent corners driven in from the left by Barlow, Nick REYNOLDS hurled in one of his long throws from the same wing which caused a scramble in the goalmouth and the ball finding it's way to the feet of Ayo OLUKOGA who hit home from around 10 yards. From then until half time there was plenty of midfield action but neither side really looked like adding to the score with the few attempts on goal being off target at both ends.

The second half began in much the same fashion with Romford happy to consolidate and keep things tight. Back from injury, Kurt SMITH was having an excellent game drawing on all his experience in midfield and getting forward at every opportunity to support the strikers, Reynolds and Roddy Lemba while Grays were also creating more although most of their attacks were ending in crosses that whilst being put into dangerous areas, were more than capably dealt with by Harry ALDRIDGE in the Boro goal. At the other end most of Romford's attacks seemed to be thwarted by ex Boro man Michael Finneran, but perhaps he was a little too fired up against his former colleagues as after receiving a yellow card he then got a straight red after 81 minutes for an off the ball stamp on an opponent.

Ironically, it was only after being reduced to 10 men that Grays started to put the Boro goal under any real pressure with Aldridge and Hernandez having to combine to block a goalbound shot and then late on Cossington twice in a minute clearing off the line with first his head and then his boot. The final whistle was probably greeted with more relief by Romford's supporters than their team, everyone of whom had performed with great effort and discipline to secure the points which lifts them out of the relegation zone.

Team: Harry ALDRIDGE, Frederico HERNANDEZ, Toby BARLOW, Chris TAYLOR, Danny NESBITT, Danny COSSINGTON (c), Malaki TOUSSAINT, Ayo OLUKOGA, Nick REYNOLDS (Max BRADFORD 61), Roddy Lemba (Max BOLTON 78), Kurt SMITH (Nathan JOSEPH 90)
Unused Sub: Harry Daly

Goal: Ayo OLUKOGA 8

Yellow Card: Chris TAYLOR 61

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Key moments

8:00
Goal Ayo OLUKOGA scores for Romford

Highlights

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90:00 Sub Off
Kurt SMITH is substituted off for Romford
90:00 Sub On
Nathan JOSEPH is substituted on for Romford
78:00 Sub Off
Rodney LEMBA is substituted off for Romford
78:00 Sub On
Max BOLTON is substituted on for Romford
61:00 Sub Off
Nick REYNOLDS is substituted off for Romford
61:00 Sub On
Max BRADFORD is substituted on for Romford
End of period 1
8:00 Goal 1 - 0
Ayo OLUKOGA scores for Romford
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As it happened

  • Romford
  • Grays Athletic
  • 0
  • Ayo OLUKOGA Goal 8:00'
  • Nick REYNOLDS Sub Off 61:00'
  • Max BRADFORD Sub On 61:00'
  • Rodney LEMBA Sub Off 78:00'
  • Max BOLTON Sub On 78:00'
  • Kurt SMITH Sub Off 90:00'
  • Nathan JOSEPH Sub On 90:00'

Team selection

ALDRIDGE, Harry ALDRIDGE, Harry
HERNANDEZ, Frederico HERNANDEZ, Frederico
COSSINGTON, Danny COSSINGTON, Danny
SMITH, Kurt SMITH, Kurt
NESBITT, Danny NESBITT, Danny
BARLOW, Toby BARLOW, Toby
OLUKOGA, Ayo OLUKOGA, Ayo
TOUSSAINT, Malaki TOUSSAINT, Malaki
LEMBA, Rodney LEMBA, Rodney
REYNOLDS, Nick REYNOLDS, Nick
TAYLOR, Chris TAYLOR, Chris

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# Team Pl Pts
14. Dereham Town 38 44
15. Great Wakering Rovers 38 41
16. Soham Town Rangers 38 40
17. Basildon United 38 39
18. Witham Town 38 34
19. Romford 38 34
20. Mildenhall Town 38 27

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