Ilford remained three points adrift of their Ryman North relegation rivals as history reversed itself at Cricklefield tonight (Wednesday) and they went down 3-2 to Romford.
On Saturday Ilford fell behind to Waltham Abbey in the seventh minute, then led 3-1 and eventually won 3-2. This time it was the Foxes who took the seventh-minute lead with a good finish by Jon Glowacki but then found themselves 3-1 down.
The equaliser after 31 minutes was harsh on Ilford keeper Rob Budd, who pulled off a superb save from Joe Oates only to see Kurt Smith forec the loose ball over the line for his first goal since returning from a a broken leg.
Jack Barry volleyed home a corner to put Boro ahead in the 44th minute of a first half that was to continue for another 14 minutes thanks to a succession of injuries.
Romford goalie Elliot Anderson did well to deny Daniel Abioye soon after the interval and, from the resultant corner, Rob Carter headed against the bar. Hussain Isa then put the visitors 3-1 up in the 53rd minute.
Carter reduced the arrears in the 68th minute when a Glowacki shot came back off a post but Anderson made several more excellent saves to deny Ilford a point, though Romford came close to a fourth when Chris Sullivan hit the bar.
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