Aveley Prove Too Hot To Handle
Romford 1, Aveley 4 - BetVictor Isthmian League North - Monday 26 August 2019
On a scorching hot Bank Holiday afternoon at Brentwood, Aveley's front three of Alex Read, James Love, and Aaron Condon proved too hot to handle, with all three on the scoresheet as Romford's search for their first league points of the season continued.
Boro had the first chance of any note in the contest when Reece Tranter's free kick, which had been awarded for a foul on him, was gathered by Hughes in the Aveley goal, but it was Aveley who drew first blood, and almost inevitably it was former Romford man Alex Read, recently re-signed by Aveley from Tonbridge Angels, who was the scorer. Nineteen minutes were on the clock when Aveley's Pitty drove forward from full-back and found Wyan Reid, who prior to this game had scored all of Aveley's goals in competitive games. Reid's cross from the left found his near namesake Alex Read, who drilled the ball past Jack Riddell, starting in place of Harry Aldridge in the Romford goal.
Within twelve minutes the game was effectively over as the visitors bagged two more goals. First Aaron Condon, the former Brightlingsea Regent man, who notched 11 goals for them in the Premier Division last season, met a cross from Pitty on the Aveley right with a glancing header. And just two minutes later Love's former Brightlingsea team-mate added a third on the break when a Romford corner was cleared and the ball launched downfield for Love to chase.
In contrast to Aveley's clinical finishing, Romford were unable to convert the chances they created into shots on target, as first Tranter and then Jonathon Nzengo shot over the bar, while Philip Brown-Bampoe, having been well found by Giovanni Palmer, could only shoot wide.
After the break it was Aveley who had the first decent chance, but on this occasion Riddell was equal to Love's shot. Romford then pulled one back with a debut goal from Keiron Owusu. Jonathon Nzengo's strong run into the box was halted illegally by an Aveley defender and referee Scott Rudd had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Tranter stepped up to take the spot kick, but saw Hughes plunge to his right to make a save. Aveley's relief was short lived as Owusu followed up to score.
Another Boro goal now would have made for a thrilling climax, and they came mightily close to pulling another back. First, after 54 minutes, Reece Tranter had a fierce shot deflected for a corner, and then from the ensuing flag kick, Louis Hiobi headed back across goal and narrowly wide of the post. On 66 minutes Joshua Samuels found himself in a good position on the right of the penalty area, but a partial block by a defender took the sting out of his shot and Hughes was able to gather comfortably. Five minutes later a powerful Danny Nesbitt header from Tranter's corner rattled the crossbar. Aveley extinguished any lingering hopes Boro might have had nine minutes from time when a long cross from the left was met with a looping header by Love for his second of the afternoon, leaving Romford to reflect on missed chances and the difference that a forward like Alex Read can make.
Romford: Jack Riddell, Jonathon Nzengo, Giovanni Palmer, Louis Hiobi (Dilan Thandi, 85m), Danny Nesbitt, Philip Brown-Bampoe, Malaki Toussaint, Reece Tranter (Billy Stewart, 74m), Jaydon Charles, Joshua Samuels, Keiron Owusu (Adeniyi Ggolahan, 71m). Subs not used: Harry Aldridge, Jimmy Cox