Ryman Ismathian League North at Ship Lane
Mitchell Young reports…
Heybridge Swifts continue their good run of form as they got an important 3-1 away victory against 9-man Romford to maintain their push for automatic promotion.
Michael Toner opened the scoring early in the first half and set them on their way despite Nick Reynolds equaliser early in the second half. Ben Newson grabbed a brace with both goals in the second half to claim all three points and stay in amongst the top six sides.
Romford had two men sent off late on with Danny Jones being sent off for a second yellow and Matt Toms given a straight red moments from the end.
The game was lively from both sides in opening few minutes but Romford got a great chance on the edge of the box nine minutes in to threaten the Heybridge goal.
The free-kick broke down and the visitors went on the counter and after poor defending the ball fell to Michael Toner to strike which went through the legs of the defender and into the bottom left corner.
The home side could have equalised nine minutes later as Nick Reynolds was put in on goal from a flick on from Ryan Imbert but could not keep his shot on target.
Romford responded in the second half and grabbed a deserved equaliser as Danny Jones burst into the box and dinked the ball across goal for Nick Reynolds to guide his header past Ashley Harrison.
The game only stayed level for three minutes as Ben Newson took advantage of Romford’s lacklustre defending and slotted his shot past Atu Ngoy to take the lead.
The fourth goal which decided the match came eight minutes from the end with another ball not cleared and Newson capitalised as he homed in on goal and placed his shot in to the bottom right corner.
Romford’s day went from bad to worse as Jones got a second yellow for retaliation two minutes from time.
Matt Toms also went on his way in stoppage time with a straight red which looked to only be a yellow for a tuck in the centre circle.
Romford look set for a mid-table finish as they stay 11th in the table while Heybridge stick in the mix in 4th with only a few games remaining.
Romford Line-up: Ngoy, Barry ©, Dicks, Ishmail (Thomas 86), Toms (off 90+1), Oates, Imbert, Seymour, Reynolds, Richardson, Jones (off 88)
Heybridge Swifts Line-up: Harrison, Everett, Barber, Maxwell, Preenfield, Moore (Joslin 63), Morgan, Toner, Dumaka (Cousins 80), Newson, Harris