On a blustery afternoon, the SeedGrowers were looking to improve their record against teams sitting bottom of the league, whilst also trying to win their second game in a row and third win of 2019. After last weeks impressive display against Grays Athletic, Graeme Smith decided to start with the same starting eleven and who could argue with that decision after the Grays outing?
With the wind in their favour, the home side dominated the opening stages of the game and took the lead in the twenty third minute through an unlikely source. A corner kick from George Cocklin found Nnamdi Nwachuku on the edge of the box, Nwachuku played the ball across the box to defender, Tyler Corlett who controlled the ball superbly before drilling the ball in to the back of the net past ex SeedGrower, Harry Aldridge.
Just moments later and Coggeshall had a superb opportunity for their second goal of the game. As Greg Akpele handled the ball on the goal-line to deny Dexter Peter a goal, he was given his marching orders by the Referee who awarded a penalty kick. Nwachuku stepped up to convert the effort, however it was a poor one which Aldridge was able to save with relative ease. By this point, Alridge was having a fine afternoon making a string of saves to deny Nwachuku several times along with efforts from Tyler Brampton and Michael Gyasi. Somehow, the Town went in to the interval leading by just the one goal against the ten men of basement side, Romford…
Half Time: Coggeshall Town 1-0
The second half started like the whole first half; Coggeshall creating chance after chance but unable to extend their lead, mainly because of Aldridge. The Romford defensive line began to throw their bodies on the line as they combined with their goalkeeper to deny two certain goal bound efforts from Ross Wall and Gyasi.
Eleven minutes in to the second half and the SeedGrowers finally extended their lead. It was the tail of the two Tyler’s – as a superb pass from Conor Hubble found Tyler Brampton just in side the penalty box. At the first time of asking, Brampton unleashed a vicious effort across goal and in to the top corner past a helpless Aldridge. Moments after the games second goal, things started to go from bad to worse for the visitors as their Manager was sent-off to join Akpele for an early shower in the Romford dressing room.
As Smith looked to manage his side towards three points, he made three changes in quick succession with Aryton Coley, Sam Bantick and Ace Howell all being introduced in place of Michael Gyasi, Nnamdi Nwachuku and Ross Wall respectively. Soon after the final change, Coggeshall were at it again as they made it three-nil. Midfielder, Tevan Allen picked up a loose ball in the middle of the park, drove at the Romford defence before his shot took a slight deflection which left Aldridge no chance as it drifted in to the far corner of the goal.
There was only one real sour note of the afternoon for the home side, as a lack in concentration denied them their third straight clean sheet. A long pass from goalkeeper, Aldridge found Nick Reynolds, virtually unmarked inside the eighteen yard box as he sent a looping header over Danny Sambridge and in to the back of the net for a consolation goal.
Full Time: Coggeshall Town 3-1 Romford
Danny Sambridge, Tyler Brampton, Curtis Haynes-Brown, Conor Hubble, Dexter Peter, Tyler Corlett, Michael Gyasi, Tevan Allen, Nnamdi Nwachuku, Ross Wall, George Cocklin.
Ace Howell, Aryton Coley, Syrus Gordon, Jamie Shaw, Sam Bantick.
Harry Aldridge, Nathaniel Joseph, Greg Akpele, Henry Fisher, Ayo Olukoga, Danny Cossington, Chris Taylor, Malaki Toussaint, Gavriel Kellum, Nick Reynolds, Khadean Campbell.
Danny Nesbitt, Toby Barlow, Terlochan Singh, Ridwan Hussein.