Romford 1 Brightlingsea Regent 4
Ryman League North
Report by Gary Redwin
ROMFORD finished with only nine men at the end of this home defeat to Brightlingsea and are still looking for their first win against the Seasiders.
Boro made a bad start with a self inflicted wound in the second minute when James Ismail’s misplaced back pass eluded the advancing Callum Chafer, giving ex- Romford man Tom Richardson the simple task of running the ball into an empty net. And after twenty two minutes Richardson was again on hand to steer in a right wing cross despite the best efforts of Danny Cossington, who may have got the final touch. There was further bad luck for Cossington later in the first half when he had to be substituted after receiving a nasty facial wound from an elbow.
Brightlingsea generally had the better of the early proceedings with a quick passing game that left Boro struggling to gain possession, although the home team did create some half chances and came right back into the game in the minutes leading up to the break. Greg Akpele was desperately unlucky after collecting a superb Jamie Dicks through ball, then wrong footed the defence, but his shot come back off the inside of the post. Akpele then found himself one on one with the Regent keeper, who blocked the shot straight back onto the Romford man – the rebound ended the wrong side of the post.
Boro were much improved in the second half and were back in the game after fifty five minutes when Akpele was fouled in the box. Although the keeper went the right way for Chinedu McKenzie’s penalty it came straight back to the striker, who had time to take an extra touch, before depositing the ball into the goal. The game became end to end with neither team really getting on top, but after sixty seven minutes Brightlingsea got the vital third. The Romford defence did not deal with a high ball properly and it dropped to Connor Witherspoon to hit home.
Boro still had hopes of getting back into the match but they ended as the game entered the final quarter when Kai Bicard received a second yellow card and in the scuffle that followed Dicks was given two yellows in quick succession. The nine men did well to prevent any further damage until a minute from time when substitute Shamido Pedulu got the fourth for the promotion chasing visitors.
Romford now have another home match in midweek when they entertain Thamesmead Town who have recently hit a good run of form after previously dropping down into the danger zone.
Romford: Callum Chafer, Ryan Boswell, Chris Barry (Ryan Mallett 64), Danny Cossington (Jonathan Adebayo 37), James Ishmail, Jamie Dicks, Kai Bichard, Greg Akpele, Chinedu McKenzie, Nick Reynolds (Chris Taylor 76), Akwasi Marfo
Scorer – Chinedu McKenzie (55′)
Brightlingsea Regent: Sam Cowler, Ricky Griggs (Dan Beeson 61), Russell Malton, George Doyle, Connor Witherspoon, Matt Cripps, Robbie Rees, Jake Turner, Tom Richardson (Harry McDonald 68), Phil Kelly (Shamido Pedulu 75), Aaron Condon
Scorers – Tom Richardson (2′), Danny Cossington (Own Goal 22′), Connor Witherspoon (67′), Shamido Pedulu (89′)