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Romford
Mildenhall Town
A OLUKOGA (21'), G WOODWARD (85')
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Sat 9 Mar 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 107

ROMFORD 2 (1) - (0) 1 Mildenhall Town Attendance 107 - Rookery Hill

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A much needed win for Romford in this six pointer means hope is still alive in their battle to avoid the drop.

Mildenhall had been rather fortunate to come out on top in the November meeting up in Suffolk and with both clubs now occupying the two relegation spots, the importance of this match was obvious. It developed into a physical battle from the start and the visitors were down to ten man after only eighteen minutes when Kouassi departed after a totally unnecessary slap and head butt on Reece HEWITT, with the Mildenhall players aghast at their teammates stupidity. Boro took full advantage three minutes when Ayo OLUKOGA, playing in a more advanced role than usual shot home from just inside the area after receiving an excellent through ball from Hewitt. It remained goalless for the rest of the half, although both teams had half chances. A lot of Romford's good moves were developing down the left where Hewitt and Toby BARLOW were linking with George WOODWARD who had returned to the club after being sidelined for over a year due to injury. His finding of space and intelligent use of the ball added a lot of creativity to the home side in a stand out performance.

Boro could not capitalise on their lead after half time and Mildenhall equalised after sixty two minutes when Zanone drove an edge of the box free kick with pinpoint accuracy into the tiniest of gaps just inside the post. Shortly after Romford thought they had retaken the lead but substitute Max BOLTON's effort was ruled offside. Greg AKPELE shot narrowly over the bar after more good work from Bolton in the latter stages of the match, and then with just five minutes of normal time remaining Boro got that one piece of good fortune that has eluded them all season. Woodward's shot from the left hand edge of the box took a slight deflection and wrong footed Mildenhall keeper Hayhoe before dropping behind him into the net. Malaki TOUSSAINT could have made things safe but Hayhoe made a great save with his foot and any late flourish from the visitors was somewhat curtailed as they went down to nine men when Butcher got his marching orders for a reckless foul.

Romford stay in bottom place although they now have the same number of points as Mildenhall, but are hoping they may have turned the corner with this hard fought victory.

Team: Harry ALDRIDGE, Nathan JOSEPH, Toby BARLOW (Greg AKPELE 57), Phillip Brown- Bampoe (Max BOLTON 69), Danny NESBITT, John MASKELL (c), George WOODWARD, Malaki TOUSSAINT, Ayo OLUKOGA, Michael MIGNOT, Reece HEWITT
Unused Subs: Chris Taylor, Nick Reynolds, Pedro Carvalho

Goals: Ayo OLUKOGA 21, George WOODWARD 85

Yellow Cards: Toby BARLOW 19, John MASKELL 38, Malaki TOUSSAINT 54, George WOODWARD 90

Key moments

21:00
Goal Ayo OLUKOGA scores for Romford
85:00
Goal George WOODWARD scores for Romford

Highlights

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90:00 Yellow Card
George WOODWARD is yellow carded for Romford
85:00 Goal 2 - 0
George WOODWARD scores for Romford
69:00 Sub On
Max BOLTON is substituted on for Romford
69:00 Sub Off
Phillip BROWN-BAMPOE is substituted off for Romford
57:00 Sub On
Greg AKPELE is substituted on for Romford
57:00 Sub Off
Toby BARLOW is substituted off for Romford
54:00 Yellow Card
Malaki TOUSSAINT is yellow carded for Romford
End of period 1
38:00 Yellow Card
John MASKELL is yellow carded for Romford
21:00 Assist
Reece HEWITT makes an assist for Romford
21:00 Goal 1 - 0
Ayo OLUKOGA scores for Romford
19:00 Yellow Card
Toby BARLOW is yellow carded for Romford
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Romford
  • Mildenhall Town
  • 0
  • Toby BARLOW Yellow Card 19:00'
  • Ayo OLUKOGA Goal 21:00'
  • Reece HEWITT Assist 21:00'
  • John MASKELL Yellow Card 38:00'
  • Malaki TOUSSAINT Yellow Card 54:00'
  • Greg AKPELE Sub On 57:00'
  • Toby BARLOW Sub Off 57:00'
  • Max BOLTON Sub On 69:00'
  • Phillip BROWN-BAMPOE Sub Off 69:00'
  • George WOODWARD Goal 85:00'
  • George WOODWARD Yellow Card 90:00'

Team selection

ALDRIDGE, Harry ALDRIDGE, Harry
JOSEPH, Nathan JOSEPH, Nathan
BARLOW, Toby BARLOW, Toby
OLUKOGA, Ayo OLUKOGA, Ayo
MASKELL, John MASKELL, John
NESBITT, Danny NESBITT, Danny
BROWN-BAMPOE, Phillip BROWN-BAMPOE, Phillip
TOUSSAINT, Malaki TOUSSAINT, Malaki
HEWITT, Reece HEWITT, Reece
WOODWARD, George WOODWARD, George
MIGNOT, Michael MIGNOT, Michael

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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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