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Romford
Witham Town
D NESBITT (20'), A OLUKOGA (41'), G WOODWARD (77'), T BARLOW (74' Sent Off)
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Sat 6 Apr 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 78

ROMFORD 3 (2) - (0) 1 Witham Town Attendance 78 - Rookery Hill

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Romford secured a valuable win in their survival attempt against a poor Witham Town team.

The hosts, who had been playing well in recent games without getting much luck dominated against third from bottom Witham and moved within six points of them with four to play before the end of the season. After some early Witham possession George WOODWARD had a shot from distance saved and Ayo OLUKOGA was denied by an outstretched foot after beating his man and cutting in from the byline. Romford did finally open the scoring in the twentieth minute when a corner was only cleared to Philip Brown-Bampoe and although his shot was blocked, the ball ran kindly to Danny NESBITT who took a touch before firing low past the keeper.

Romford continued their dominance but did not create any more clear cut chances until four minutes before half time. Nathan JOSEPH cleared the ball to Joseph CHIDYAUSIKU who found Olukoga racing down the right wing and his pace was too much for the defender, allowing him to cut in towards goal before firing past Luca Collins and double the Boro's lead. Just before half time Chidyausiku hit a left footed shot from distance that whistled just past the far post with the keeper beaten.

In the second half Romford continued where they left off with Olukoga and Chidyausiku linking up again and the midfielder having his low shot tipped round the post with the keeper at full stretch. Olukoga who was everywhere had another effort saved, before Joseph had a shot blocked after wrong footing a defender with a good piece of skill. At the other end a Witham shot from distance took a huge deflection over Harry ALDRIDGE in the Boro goal but luckily smashed against the bar.

In the seventy-second minute the diving Aldridge did well to stop a Witham attack but his momentum took him out of the box and Johnny Ashman whipped the resulting free kick into the top corner to reduce the deficit. Moments later and Romford's good work seemed to be falling apart when Toby BARLOW was sent off after receiving his second yellow for kicking the ball away but soon after, George WOODWARD was left unmarked to head home a John MASKELL free kick and restore the two goal advantage. Despite having the extra man, Witham were unable to produce anything of any note before the end and Romford comfortably held on to climb off the bottom of the table.

ROMFORD (2) 3 Danny NESBITT 20, Ayo OLUKOGA 41, George WOODWARD 77
WITHAM TOWN (0) 1 JOHNNY ASHMAN 72

ROMFORD: Harry ALDRIDGE, Nathan JOSEPH, Toby BARLOW, John MASKELL, Ayo OLUKOGA, Danny NESBITT, George WOODWARD, PHILIP BROWN-BAMPOE, Jimmy COX, Greg AKPELE (Reece HEWITT 76), JOSEPH CHIDYAUSIKA

YELLOW CARD Toby BARLOW 37, 74
RED CARD Toby BARLOW 74

Key moments

20:00
Goal Danny NESBITT scores for Romford
41:00
Goal Ayo OLUKOGA scores for Romford
74:00
Red Card Toby BARLOW is sent off for Romford
77:00
Goal George WOODWARD scores for Romford

Highlights

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77:00 Goal 3 - 0
George WOODWARD scores for Romford
77:00 Assist
John MASKELL makes an assist for Romford
76:00 Sub Off
Greg AKPELE is substituted off for Romford
76:00 Sub On
Reece HEWITT is substituted on for Romford
74:00 Yellow Card
Toby BARLOW is yellow carded for Romford
74:00 Red Card 2 - 0
Toby BARLOW is sent off for Romford
End of period 1
41:00 Goal 2 - 0
Ayo OLUKOGA scores for Romford
41:00 Assist
Joseph CHIDYAUSIKU makes an assist for Romford
37:00 Yellow Card
Toby BARLOW is yellow carded for Romford
20:00 Goal 1 - 0
Danny NESBITT scores for Romford
20:00 Assist
Ayo OLUKOGA makes an assist for Romford
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As it happened

  • Romford
  • Witham Town
  • 0
  • Danny NESBITT Goal 20:00'
  • Ayo OLUKOGA Assist 20:00'
  • Toby BARLOW Yellow Card 37:00'
  • Ayo OLUKOGA Goal 41:00'
  • Joseph CHIDYAUSIKU Assist 41:00'
  • Toby BARLOW Yellow Card 74:00'
  • Toby BARLOW Red Card 74:00'
  • Greg AKPELE Sub Off 76:00'
  • Reece HEWITT Sub On 76:00'
  • George WOODWARD Goal 77:00'
  • John MASKELL Assist 77:00'

Team selection

ALDRIDGE, Harry ALDRIDGE, Harry
JOSEPH, Nathan JOSEPH, Nathan
BARLOW, Toby BARLOW, Toby
AKPELE, Greg AKPELE, Greg
MASKELL, John MASKELL, John
NESBITT, Danny NESBITT, Danny
BROWN-BAMPOE, Phillip BROWN-BAMPOE, Phillip
WOODWARD, George WOODWARD, George
CHIDYAUSIKU, Joseph CHIDYAUSIKU, Joseph
OLUKOGA, Ayo OLUKOGA, Ayo
COX, Jimmy COX, Jimmy

League round up

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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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