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Basildon United
Romford
Full time
G WOODWARD (12')
Sat 16 Mar 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 124

Basildon United 3 (0) - (1) 1 ROMFORD Attendance 124 - Gardener's Close

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Romford's league survival hopes took a major blow as they fell to defeat against Basildon who before the game were desperately looking over their shoulder after a string of defeats.

The Boro who were in a confident mood after winning last Saturday kicked off with a strong wind behind them and proceeded to camp in the Basildon half. The visitors won a throw right near the corner flag in the twelfth minute that was launched into the box by full back Nathan JOSEPH. The ball looked to be heading behind for a corner before a Bee's defender tried to keep it in play but only managed to hook the ball high and back into the box where caught by the swirling wind, it dropped on the goal line where another defender cleared the ball onto the bar and George WOODWARD smashed home the rebound from six yards. A short while after it looked like Romford would go two up when Toby BARLOW made a great tackle and sent a beautiful ball over the defence to Ayo OLUKOGA who controlled it and shot low, but the keeper made an excellent save with his feet. From then on, despite their dominance Romford created very little in the way of further chances and needed Danny NESBITT's head to block a powerful Basildon shot right on half time.

The home side now had the wind on their side for the second period but made very little with it until a ball to the far post caught Joseph and Harry ALDRIDGE in two minds allowing winger Daniel Cheema to sneak in and fire home to equalise in the fifty-seventh minute. Romford were once again the masters of their own downfall when they gave away possession and striker Callum Taylor raced onto a through ball, but despite him looking to be heading away from goal, defender John MASKELL dived in and conceded a penalty. The striker picked himself up and smashed the spot kick home to give Basildon the lead without them really having to work for it. The hosts grabbed their third in strange circumstances when Joseph Paxman turned in a low cross at the far post after the Romford defence had stopped, thinking the ball was going out. The Boro created very little in response and the game petered out with them looking even more likely to face the drop with time and games running out.

BASILDON UNITED (0) 3 CHEEMA 57, TAYLOR 64 (P) PAXMAN 69
ROMFORD (1) 1 George WOODWARD 12

ROMFORD: Harry ALDRIDGE, Nathan JOSEPH (Greg AKPELE 75), Toby BARLOW, John MASKELL, Ayo OLUKOGA, Danny NESBITT, George WOODWARD, Malaki TOUSSAINT, Pedro CARVALHO (Nick REYNOLDS 75), Max BOLTON (Chris TAYLOR 77), Reece HEWITT SUBS NOT USED PHILIP BROWN-BAMPOE

YELLOW CARDS: Toby BARLOW 43, John MASKELL 84

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Key moments

12:00
Goal George WOODWARD scores for Romford

Highlights

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84:00 Yellow Card
John MASKELL is yellow carded for Romford
77:00 Sub Off
Max BOLTON is substituted off for Romford
77:00 Sub On
Chris TAYLOR is substituted on for Romford
75:00 Sub On
Greg AKPELE is substituted on for Romford
75:00 Sub On
Nick REYNOLDS is substituted on for Romford
75:00 Sub Off
Nathan JOSEPH is substituted off for Romford
75:00 Sub Off
Pedro CARVALHO is substituted off for Romford
End of period 1
42:00 Yellow Card
Toby BARLOW is yellow carded for Romford
12:00 Goal 0 - 1
George WOODWARD scores for Romford
12:00 Assist
Nathan JOSEPH makes an assist for Romford
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As it happened

  • Basildon United
  • Romford
  • 0
  • George WOODWARD Goal 12:00'
  • Nathan JOSEPH Assist 12:00'
  • Toby BARLOW Yellow Card 42:00'
  • Greg AKPELE Sub On 75:00'
  • Nick REYNOLDS Sub On 75:00'
  • Nathan JOSEPH Sub Off 75:00'
  • Pedro CARVALHO Sub Off 75:00'
  • Max BOLTON Sub Off 77:00'
  • Chris TAYLOR Sub On 77:00'
  • John MASKELL Yellow Card 84:00'

Team selection

ALDRIDGE, Harry ALDRIDGE, Harry
JOSEPH, Nathan JOSEPH, Nathan
BARLOW, Toby BARLOW, Toby
CARVALHO, Pedro CARVALHO, Pedro
MASKELL, John MASKELL, John
NESBITT, Danny NESBITT, Danny
OLUKOGA, Ayo OLUKOGA, Ayo
TOUSSAINT, Malaki TOUSSAINT, Malaki
HEWITT, Reece HEWITT, Reece
WOODWARD, George WOODWARD, George
BOLTON, Max BOLTON, Max

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# Team Pl Pts
14. Dereham Town 35 41
15. Basildon United 35 39
16. Great Wakering Rovers 36 38
17. Soham Town Rangers 35 37
18. Witham Town 35 30
19. Romford 35 27
20. Mildenhall Town 35 24

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