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Romford
Soham Town Rangers
D NESBITT (41'), P BROWN-BAMPOE (45'), J COX (60'), G AKPELE (68'), A OLUKOGA (66')
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Sat 20 Apr 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 102

ROMFORD 5 (2) - (2) 2 Soham Town Rangers Attendance 101 - Rookery Hill

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Romford produced a stunning comeback to move level on points with Witham and only goal difference is now keeping them in the relegation spots.

After winning their last two games, Romford had given themselves a chance of avoiding the drop but things looked bleak today after forty minutes. After conceding a needless corner The Boro found themselves behind when Jack Mochalski headed home on thirteen minutes then Romford lost both fullbacks through injury. Soham doubled their lead when they stole possession and the ball was played through to Mark Lovell who scuffed his shot into the bottom corner in the fortieth minute. But almost immediately despair turned to hope when Danny NESBITT connected with Reece HEWITT's inswinging free kick a little way out from the far post and sent in a looping header that a defender made a mess of on the line with the ball finding it's way into the net. As we entered first half injury time Phillip BROWN-BAMPOE received the ball a long way out but hit possibly the goal of the season, smashing his shot into the corner from thirty yards and Romford went into the break with their tails up.

Boro were a different team in the second half and on the hour Jimmy COX chased a ball forward before hitting a half volley into the net via the underside of the bar to give Romford the lead. It was nearly four a minute later when after a fantastic move Chris TAYLOR found himself with an open goal, but somehow the Soham Keeper managed to get back to produce an unbelievable save onto the bar. However, this miss did not prove costly as there was a fourth five minutes later when Taylor whose intelligent running was pulling the two Soham centre backs all over the place, found space down the left before picking out Ayo OLUKOGA who took a touch before firing home, low into the corner. Taylor was the architect again when he picked out Greg Akeple to head home a right wing cross to make it five and Joseph CHIDYAUSIKU nearly scored a sixth as the end approached, but his shot hit the post.

So another fine win for the Boro as their turnaround in form continues and the Great Escape MKII is definitely on.

Romford (2) 5 Danny NESBITT 41, Phillip BROWN-BAMPOE 45+1, Jimmy COX 60, Ayo OLUKOGA 66, Greg AKPELE 68
Soham Town Rangers (2) 2 Mochalski 13, Lovell 40

Romford: Harry ALDRIDGE, Nathan JOSEPH (Chris TAYLOR 22), Toby BARLOW (Reece Hewett 32), John MASKELL, Ayo OLUKOGA, Danny NESBITT, Danny COSSINGTON, Phillip BROWN-BAMPOE, Jimmy COX (Craig JEAKINS 68), Joseph Chidyausika, Greg AKPELE Subs not used Max Bolton, Pedro Carvalho

Key moments

41:00
Goal Danny NESBITT scores for Romford
45:00
Goal Phillip BROWN-BAMPOE scores for Romford
60:00
Goal Jimmy COX scores for Romford
66:00
Goal Ayo OLUKOGA scores for Romford
68:00
Goal Greg AKPELE scores for Romford

Highlights

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68:00 Goal 5 - 0
Greg AKPELE scores for Romford
68:00 Assist
Chris TAYLOR makes an assist for Romford
68:00 Sub Off
Jimmy COX is substituted off for Romford
68:00 Sub On
Craig JEAKINS is substituted on for Romford
66:00 Goal 4 - 0
Ayo OLUKOGA scores for Romford
66:00 Assist
Chris TAYLOR makes an assist for Romford
60:00 Goal 3 - 0
Jimmy COX scores for Romford
60:00 Assist
Phillip BROWN-BAMPOE makes an assist for Romford
45:00 Goal 2 - 0
Phillip BROWN-BAMPOE scores for Romford
45:00 Assist
Reece HEWITT makes an assist for Romford
End of period 1
41:00 Goal 1 - 0
Danny NESBITT scores for Romford
41:00 Assist
Reece HEWITT makes an assist for Romford
32:00 Sub On
Reece HEWITT is substituted on for Romford
32:00 Sub Off
Toby BARLOW is substituted off for Romford
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Romford
  • Soham Town Rangers
  • 0
  • Reece HEWITT Sub On 32:00'
  • Toby BARLOW Sub Off 32:00'
  • Danny NESBITT Goal 41:00'
  • Reece HEWITT Assist 41:00'
  • Phillip BROWN-BAMPOE Goal 45:00'
  • Reece HEWITT Assist 45:00'
  • Jimmy COX Goal 60:00'
  • Phillip BROWN-BAMPOE Assist 60:00'
  • Ayo OLUKOGA Goal 66:00'
  • Chris TAYLOR Assist 66:00'
  • Greg AKPELE Goal 68:00'
  • Chris TAYLOR Assist 68:00'
  • Jimmy COX Sub Off 68:00'
  • Craig JEAKINS Sub On 68:00'

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
COSSINGTON, Danny COSSINGTON, Danny
CHIDYAUSIKU, Joseph CHIDYAUSIKU, Joseph
OLUKOGA, Ayo OLUKOGA, Ayo
COX, Jimmy COX, Jimmy

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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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