Romford 0, Waltham Abbey 2
ROMFORD fell to their second Ryman One North defeat of the season in a match that never really got going with both defences clearing almost everything thrown at them and neither team could dominate in midfield.
On 18 minutes Waltham Abbey had the game’s first chance but Darelle Russell blazed over from six yards after Ayrton Coley pulled the ball back.
Romford should have taken the lead on 27 minutes when Ryan Imbert was pulled back in the area but Abs Seymour’s weak penalty was easily saved by Jake Whinchip. Out of nowhere a long range effort by Tom Bruno rifled in to the top corner of the Boro goal to give Abbey a first half lead.
Romford came out in the second half and played at a higher tempo and tried to force the game with Seymour heading just wide and also having a free kick tipped over.
On 49 minutes Romford were denied a second penalty when Kurt Smith was bundled over in the box but the referee gave a goal kick, and six minutes later Abbey earned a penalty of their own when Coley was pulled back by Joe Oates, but James Plagzan’s penalty was saved by Atu Ngoy and the big stopper got up quickly to deny Coley the rebound.
On 73 minutes Abbey put the game to bed with a fast counter attack from a Romford corner leaving Russell to put the ball into the back of the net and earning the visitors a valuable three points.