Boro find excellent early form
ROMFORD maintained their fine pre-season form with a narrow win on Sunday over Ramsgate who play at the same level of the Ryman League but in the Division One South.
It was 36 years since Romford last played at the Southwood Stadium and this game started slowly and it was 17 minutes before either team managed a shot on goal.
Minutes later the home side took the lead from the penalty spot after Romford's Joe Oates pulled down Adam Slegg leaving Warren Schulz to step up to the spot and give keeper Michael Gooch no chance.
Another Ramsgate shot sailed over the crossbar before Boro finally managed their first shot on 25 minutes by Jayden Brook-Fraser after a clever pass from Nick Reynolds.
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For the rest of the first half Romford's defence marshalled by Jack Barry and Lewis Payne continued to look very solid and were only really troubled once more when a 30 yard shot from Schulz nearly caught out Gooch.
At the other end Boro were finding it hard to break out of midfield and give sufficient support to Nick Reynolds but some corners were won with good attacks up the flanks.
With team changes made at half time the Boro appeared to come out stronger with the midfield trio of James Ishmail, Michael Summat and Andy Oxby starting to take command.
Just past the hour Summat went close with two shots on the home goal but then in the 74th minute a long pass from him put Lewis Francis through and he made no mistake with a low shot past the keeper for the equaliser.
Six minutes later Romford took the lead when Ishmail picked up a loose ball in midfield and found Oxby in space on the left.
Spotting the home keeper slightly off his line he fired the ball into the top far corner.
Ramsgate tried to come back towards the end and brought two excellent saves from substitute keeper Elliot Anderson, tipping over a powerful shot from distance and getting down low to stop a free-kick.
A good workout for the Boro and they will look to continue their current form when they entertain Herne Bay in another friendly this Saturday.