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Romford Give Themselves A Final Day Chance

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Romford gave themselves a fighting chance to avoid relegation from the Bostik League North following a best-of-five win at Ship Lane against Essex rivals Grays Athletic on Wednesday night.

Boro knew they had to win this game to have any chance of pipping second-bottom Norwich United for the relegation place.

And now it`s squeaky bum time on Saturday as victory leaves Romford two points behind the Planters – Boro being at home to out-of-sorts Maldon, while United visit in-form Cheshunt.

They gave themselves a chance thanks to goals from Chris Taylor after 8 minutes, Carlos Djalo Oso after 32 minutes and Greg Akpele 16 minutes from time.

Grays battled back and a nervy final 10 minutes saw Romford concede two to Tommy Wade and Kieran Bishop, but they held on.

The only game in the Bostik League South on Wednesday saw already-relegated Shoreham lose their final home game 4-1 to a Whyteleafe side who are looking to finish in the top eight.

It was the Mussels who took a lead into the break, thanks to Ryan Stevens` 24th minute goal.

But 7 minutes after the interval, Bola Nkori-Venceslas equalised and `Leafe added further goals from Scott Day, Tom Pearson and Joey Taylor.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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