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Romford
Dereham Town
M TOUSSAINT (17'), C TAYLOR (85'), R HEWITT (90')
Full time
Sat 16 Feb 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 110

ROMFORD 3 (1) - (3) 4 Dereham Town Attendance 110 - Rookery Hill

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Romford slipped to another defeat despite a battling display in this seven goal thriller

The visitors started brightly and had already gone close when they scored in the sixth minute after a well worked set play with Joe Gatting on hand to scramble the ball home. Nathan JOSEPH was well positioned to make a goal line clearance from another set play before Boro nearly grabbed an equaliser of their own. With pretty much their first foray into the Dereham half a cross from the left wing found wingback Joseph sprinting into the box but his volley smashed against the underside of the crossbar and bounced clear. In the twelfth minute The Magpies doubled their lead when a low cross from the left was turned into his own goal by Malaki TOUSSAINT, under pressure with a forward waiting to pounce. Five minutes later, the Boro midfielder did redeem himself and show Romford a way back into the match when he raced on to Michael MIGNOT’s flick and calmly lobbed the onrushing keeper via the slightest of deflections. Dereham then won a string of corners, looking dangerous at every one and going close, before finally grabbing a third goal when Gatting headed his second of the game from close range in the thirty-fourth minute. Straight from kick off Mignot had a glorious chance to reduce the arrears when he found himself one on one, but his shot took the tiniest of touches from keeper Elliot Pride and diverted off the outside of the post and wide.

Early in the second half Khadean CAMPBELL blocked the goalkeeper’s clearance but the ball sailed just over the bar while Romford keeper Harry ALDRIDGE made a smart stop to deny a Dereham forward. Danny COSSINGTON cleared a corner off his own goal line in the fifty first minute and then, as the play rushed up the other end Boro won their own corner which was met by Cossington soaring above everybody but his header was cleared off the goal line too. Nick REYNOLDS and Mignot both wasted chances for Romford before Reece HEWITT met a cross with a fine left foot volley that looked to be heading goalwards before Pride scrambled across and tipped the ball wide. It proved vital as moments later Dereham broke and Gatting beat the onrushing Aldridge to claim his hat trick and The Magpies fourth. The visitor’s right back picked up two yellow cards in quick succession for cynical fouls and left the referee with no other choice than to show him the red card. Romford were bombarding the away team’s goal but could not find a breakthrough until Chris TAYLOR headed home a rebound after Mignot and Campbell had headers cleared off the line and off the woodwork with six minutes of normal time remaining. As the clock hit ninety minutes Campbell was felled once more right on the edge of the box and Hewitt hit a low free kick into the bottom corner to set up a frantic finish but Romford could not find the deserved equaliser as the referee brought the enthralling game to a close.

ROMFORD (1) 3 Malaki TOUSSAINT 17, Chris TAYLOR 84, Reece HEWITT 90
DEREHAM TOWN (3) 4 JOE GATTING 6, 34, 73 TOUSSAINT O.G 12

ROMFORD: Harry ALDRIDGE, Nathan JOSEPH, Toby BARLOW (Henry FISHER 74), Nick REYNOLDS (Chris TAYLOR 74), Phillip BROWN-BAMPOE, Danny COSSINGTON, Malaki TOUSSAINT, Ayo OLUKOGA, Khadean CAMPBELL, Michael MIGNOT, Reece HEWITT SUBS NOT USED GABRIEL KEELUM, RIDWAN HUSSEIN & DANNY NESBITT

Key moments

17:00
Goal Malaki TOUSSAINT scores for Romford
85:00
Goal Chris TAYLOR scores for Romford
90:00
Goal Reece HEWITT scores for Romford

Highlights

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90:00 Assist
Khadean CAMPBELL makes an assist for Romford
90:00 Goal 3 - 0
Reece HEWITT scores for Romford
85:00 Goal 2 - 0
Chris TAYLOR scores for Romford
85:00 Assist
Khadean CAMPBELL makes an assist for Romford
74:00 Sub Off
Toby BARLOW is substituted off for Romford
74:00 Sub On
Henry FISHER is substituted on for Romford
73:00 Sub On
Chris TAYLOR is substituted on for Romford
73:00 Sub Off
Nick REYNOLDS is substituted off for Romford
End of period 1
17:00 Goal 1 - 0
Malaki TOUSSAINT scores for Romford
17:00 Assist
Michael MIGNOT makes an assist for Romford
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Romford
  • Dereham Town
  • 0
  • Malaki TOUSSAINT Goal 17:00'
  • Michael MIGNOT Assist 17:00'
  • Chris TAYLOR Sub On 73:00'
  • Nick REYNOLDS Sub Off 73:00'
  • Toby BARLOW Sub Off 74:00'
  • Henry FISHER Sub On 74:00'
  • Chris TAYLOR Goal 85:00'
  • Khadean CAMPBELL Assist 85:00'
  • Khadean CAMPBELL Assist 90:00'
  • Reece HEWITT Goal 90:00'

Team selection

ALDRIDGE, Harry ALDRIDGE, Harry
BARLOW, Toby BARLOW, Toby
COSSINGTON, Danny COSSINGTON, Danny
OLUKOGA, Ayo OLUKOGA, Ayo
JOSEPH, Nathan JOSEPH, Nathan
HEWITT, Reece HEWITT, Reece
BROWN-BAMPOE, Phillip BROWN-BAMPOE, Phillip
REYNOLDS, Nick REYNOLDS, Nick
TOUSSAINT, Malaki TOUSSAINT, Malaki
MIGNOT, Michael MIGNOT, Michael
CAMPBELL, Khadean CAMPBELL, Khadean

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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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