ROMFORD FC 0 – 4 BUCKHURST HILL
Essex Senior League | Saturday 10th December 2022 | Mayesbrook Park | Attendance 73
S Shilling 1′ & 24′
H Nalbant 54′ & 55′
Buckhurst Hill gained revenge from the opening day defeat to local rivals Romford, with a brace in each half to see The Stags move up a place to 9th.
Manager Mark Williams gave a debut to defender David Brookman and a second-half introduction of Paul Mendes.
Buckhurst Hill got off to the best start possible when Ezekiel Bademosi found Sonny Shilling in the first minute who took a touch before curling into the net.
On 14′ a good move saw Bradleigh Rowland put wide. Romford’s first effort fell to Lewis Smith who saw a low effort saved by Daniel Blockley. Buckhurst Hill went further in front on 24 when Bradleigh Rowland went down the right and crossed to Sonny Shilling who back-flicked his effort, past the keeper and into the net.
A minute later Romford had a great chance when Smith played in George Cox but somehow put wide with an empty net gaping. Both sides still had chances up to the break with Bademosi rounding the keeper just before half time, but cleared. The last action of the half fell to Jake Moss who saw his 25-yard free-kick go just over the bar.
Romford started the half well, with a Kris Newby rasping effort, well saved by Blockley. Buckhurst Hill’s leading goal scorer Hassan Nalbant was introduced on 53 and within 2 minutes he had scored twice. A minute after entering the pitch Nalbant beat a defender before finishing calmly. Seconds later Buckhurst Hill broke quickly and from the edge of the area, Nalbant scored an identical goal to make it 4-0.
Despite the scoreline, Romford had chances. Substitute Jake Gordon struck the post before a late chance for Emmanuel Robe hit just wide.
Buckhurst Hill’s defence held firm to complete a fine win over promotion favourites Romford.
After the game, a delighted Manager Mark Williams said “I felt 4-0 flattered us a bit, as Romford were very much in the game, but the boys worked very hard and deserved the plaudits for a fine win and the 3 points.“
THE STAGS: Blockley, Rowland, Brookman, Harris, Moore (Mendes Paul 79), Tyrrell (Banfield 46), Williams (Nalbant 53), Moss (Wynter 72), Badamosi, Markatis, Shilling (Deaney 72).
MATCH HIGHLIGHTS | Courtesy of @AshleyJHanson
The Stag’s next game sees them make a trip to Little Oakley for the final game before Christmas.