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Witham Town
S Ashford (47' Pen, 57' Pen)
Full time
Sat 8 Dec 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 76




A dominant second half display was enough to give Witham a comfortable victory over a poor Romford side in a crucial encounter at Spa Road.
In a scrappy and largely forgettable first half, both sides struggled to find any rhythm and there was little quality on view. Much of the game was played in Witham’s half as the home side were happy to allow Romford to push forward. As Romford’s laboured attacks broke down, they were threatened by Witham’s pacey breakaways. Sam Ashford in his now customary role in the centre of the attack looked lively and aggressive and he was proving a handful for Thomas Potter. Ashford had two good shots deflected for corners when in dangerous positions. Johnny Ashman was seeing plenty of the ball on the wing but despite winning a number of corners, Witham were having no more success than Romford in finding a cutting edge. Neither goalkeeper was tested and the teams left the field at half time knowing that they had to improve.
Witham found the crucial breakthrough early in the send half when Sam Ashford converted a 47th minute penalty after an infringement. This was the tonic that Witham needed. They immediately took control and the game finally sprang into life. Danny Norton and Michael Osei-Saahene were pulling the strings in midfield and Witham’s greater pace became a telling factor. As the home side played a more expansive game, Romford found themselves unable to respond and a second goal to Witham looked likely. It arrived in the 57th minute when Ashford scored a second penalty after the ball was handled in the area.
alfie cerulli’s intelligent movement off the ball was creating space and stretching the away defence. He headed just wide and Ashman had a shot pushed away by goalkeeper James Scammell for a corner.
Cerulli then used his strength to force his way past several opponents but Ashman shot over the bar. luke mallett in typical combative mood looked menacing as he sped down the right wing and put in a dangerous cross that Scammell parried with difficulty.
Witham were playing a simple game that was proving very effective as they launched a series of attacks.
Romford had lost eight of their last ten previous league games. They looked like a side shorn of confidence and they were unable to counter Witham’s second-half revival. Effort was not lacking but without a spark of inspiration, their labours were in vain. A Romford cross from the left found Alfie Cleal in a good position in the 71st minute but his shot went high and wide. There were very few other occasions in the 90 minutes when the Witham defence was troubled
Ashman twice went close in the final minutes for Witham.
On the balance of play in the second half, there could and should have been more goals for Witham, but they will be happy enough with a two-goal win and a clean sheet for the second successive Saturday. They are still in last place in the league table but are now only a point behind the two teams immediately above them.

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Key moments

Scored Penalty Sam Ashford scores a penalty for Witham Town
Scored Penalty Sam Ashford scores a penalty for Witham Town


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87:00 Sub On
Sam Owusu is substituted on for Witham Town
87:00 Sub Off
micheal osei saahene is substituted off for Witham Town
57:00 Scored Penalty 2 - 0
Sam Ashford scores a penalty for Witham Town
47:00 Scored Penalty 1 - 0
Sam Ashford scores a penalty for Witham Town
End of period 1
31:00 Sub On
alfie cerulli is substituted on for Witham Town
31:00 Sub Off
toby aromiaran is substituted off for Witham Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Witham Town
  • Romford
  • 0
  • alfie cerulli Sub On 31:00'
  • toby aromiaran Sub Off 31:00'
  • Sam Ashford Scored Penalty 47:00'
  • Sam Ashford Scored Penalty 57:00'
  • Sam Owusu Sub On 87:00'
  • micheal osei saahene Sub Off 87:00'

Team selection

Collins, Luca Collins, Luca
mallett, luke mallett, luke
coyle, kevin coyle, kevin
Ashford, Sam Ashford, Sam
Tirivanhu, Andrew Tirivanhu, Andrew
Ahern, Patrick Ahern, Patrick
Norton, Danny Norton, Danny
osei saahene, micheal osei saahene, micheal
Ashman, Johnny Ashman, Johnny
Watson, John Watson, John
aromiaran, toby aromiaran, toby

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
14. Felixstowe & Walton United 22 25
15. Great Wakering Rovers 22 25
16. Witham Town 22 25
17. Soham Town Rangers 22 22
18. Mildenhall Town 22 18
19. Romford 22 18
20. Dereham Town 22 15

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