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AFC Sudbury
Romford
Full time
J CHIDYAUSIKU (63'), N JOSEPH (70'), P CARVALHO (90')
Sat 13 Apr 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 208

AFC Sudbury 1 (0) - (0) 3 ROMFORD Attendance 208 - Kings Marsh

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A first away win of the season in the league means Romford still have a hope of avoiding relegation.

You could say that this fixture at the excellent Kings Marsh stadium is a good game for the neutrals, never having less than three goals with Boro supporters having fond memories of 4-0, 6-3, and 3-1 victories.

The visitors seemed to be playing with a new found confidence and in the first half matched a Sudbury team who were playing a fast, short passing game on their artificial surface. As early as the first minute Craig JEAKINS picked up a loose ball in midfield and sped towards goal before forcing Sudbury keeper Paul Walker into a diving save. The home team came back with an effort that Harry ALDRIDGE did well to save and then hit the crossbar after the resulting corner. They continued to enjoy the majority of possession, although they were finding it hard to penetrate a disciplined Romford midfield and defence. Both teams created chances but Romford would have been more happier with the 0-0 score at the break.

Sudbury started the second half on the front foot but Boro were coming more into it and starting to ask some questions of their own, and took the lead just after the hour. George WOODWARD's shot was blocked, but the ball came back to him and his second attempt was only half cleared to Joseph CHIDYAUSIKU who finished left footed into the corner. And seven minutes later the visitors were two up. Ayo OLUKOGA won the ball in his own half, charged forward and collected a good return pass from Greg AKPELE before cutting inside and seeing his drive deflected to Nathan JOSEPH who crashed his shot into the roof of the net via a defender. Almost immediately Sudbury missed a golden opportunity when Jordan Blackwell could not convert from yards out after a cross flashed across the Romford goalmouth. Chris TAYLOR and Danny COSSINGTON were substituted on to add fresh legs to the midfield and Pedro CARVALHO also came on as the game went into five minutes of added time and he straight away bagged Boro's third, sweeping home after Jeakins' cross had been helped on by Taylor and Olukoga. With the game all but over Liam Bennett scored a consolation for the hosts that was deserved, but robbed Aldridge of the clean sheet his earlier saves at crucial times had merited.

So Romford completed their first league double of the season but still have everything to do in their final three matches.

Team: Harry ALDRIDGE, Nathan JOSEPH, Reece HEWITT, Danny NESBITT, Ayo OLUKOGA, John MASKELL (c), George WOODWARD (Danny COSSINGTON 82), Phillip BROWN-BAMPOE, Craig JEAKINS, Joseph CHIDYAUSIKU (Pedro CARVALHO 90), Greg AKPELE (Chris TAYLOR 75)
Unused Subs: Max Bolton, Nick Reynolds

Goals: Joseph CHIDYAUSIKU 63, Nathan JOSEPH 70, Pedro CARVALHO 90

Yellow Cards: Reece HEWITT 43, George WOODWARD 47

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Key moments

63:00
Goal Joseph CHIDYAUSIKU scores for Romford
70:00
Goal Nathan JOSEPH scores for Romford
90:00
Goal Pedro CARVALHO scores for Romford

Highlights

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90:00 Assist
Ayo OLUKOGA makes an assist for Romford
90:00 Goal 0 - 3
Pedro CARVALHO scores for Romford
90:00 Sub Off
Joseph CHIDYAUSIKU is substituted off for Romford
90:00 Sub On
Pedro CARVALHO is substituted on for Romford
82:00 Sub On
Danny COSSINGTON is substituted on for Romford
82:00 Sub Off
George WOODWARD is substituted off for Romford
75:00 Sub On
Chris TAYLOR is substituted on for Romford
75:00 Sub Off
Greg AKPELE is substituted off for Romford
70:00 Goal 0 - 2
Nathan JOSEPH scores for Romford
70:00 Assist
Greg AKPELE makes an assist for Romford
63:00 Goal 0 - 1
Joseph CHIDYAUSIKU scores for Romford
60:00 Assist
George WOODWARD makes an assist for Romford
47:00 Yellow Card
George WOODWARD is yellow carded for Romford
End of period 1
43:00 Yellow Card
Reece HEWITT is yellow carded for Romford
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • AFC Sudbury
  • Romford
  • 0
  • Reece HEWITT Yellow Card 43:00'
  • George WOODWARD Yellow Card 47:00'
  • George WOODWARD Assist 60:00'
  • Joseph CHIDYAUSIKU Goal 63:00'
  • Nathan JOSEPH Goal 70:00'
  • Greg AKPELE Assist 70:00'
  • Greg AKPELE Sub Off 75:00'
  • Chris TAYLOR Sub On 75:00'
  • George WOODWARD Sub Off 82:00'
  • Danny COSSINGTON Sub On 82:00'
  • Pedro CARVALHO Goal 90:00'
  • Ayo OLUKOGA Assist 90:00'
  • Joseph CHIDYAUSIKU Sub Off 90:00'
  • Pedro CARVALHO Sub On 90:00'

Team selection

ALDRIDGE, Harry ALDRIDGE, Harry
JOSEPH, Nathan JOSEPH, Nathan
HEWITT, Reece HEWITT, Reece
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
JEAKINS, Craig JEAKINS, Craig

League round up

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15. Dereham Town 37 41
16. Soham Town Rangers 37 40
17. Basildon United 37 39
18. Witham Town 37 31
19. Romford 37 31
20. Mildenhall Town 37 27

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