Wroxham 5, Romford 0
PUBLISHED: 11:37 07 February 2013 | UPDATED: 11:37 07 February 2013
Wroxham completed an emphatic first Ryman League double on Tuesday night to get back to winning ways – in a game which had been called off.
Referee Jonathan Block initially ruled the Trafford Park pitch was unplayable, despite the efforts of home officials to clear freshly fallen snow from the lines – only to be persuaded otherwise by the two managers. And it was the Yachtsmen who had most cause to be relieved that he agreed to a rethink.
Having recorded their first win in Ryman League company at Romford back in September they made the team from Essex suffer again as they racked up their biggest win of the season.
After some early jitters in which Danny Self had to block an effort from Nick Reynolds on the line, Wroxham went ahead with a fine left foot volley from Matt Blake.
Visiting keeper Atu Ngoy was forced to make a series of saves – one from a spectacular 35-yard strike by Ross Durrant – before Andy Eastaugh made it 2-0 in first half injury time with a tap-in from a corner.
Romford had a goal disallowed at the start of the second half before Wroxham struck three times in 14 minutes. The first, in the 53rd minute, saw Blake win the ball and cross for Ben Thompson to chest into the path of Durrant, who volleyed home.
Durrant was also involved in the final two goals – Matt Daniels converting a penalty after he had been brought down and Blake snapping up a rebound after Durrant’s shot had been parried.
It was a good night, too, for keeper Jake Jessup, who finished with a debut clean sheet after two fine late saves.