373. John MASKELL
appearances 101+1 (league 57)
goals 12 (1 pen) (league 8 (1 pen))
debut WALTHAM ABBEY, Eastway Essex Senior League 17.8.04
Tall centre-back who was out of Senior football for several years but was persuaded to join Romford in the summer of 2004 by cousin Kevin Harvey. Was one of the better players in pre-season and started to get among the goals after being in and out of the side early in the season. Developed a trademark of making late saving tackles with his seemingly telescopic legs. Took responsibility for a professional foul against Waltham Abbey to prevent his goalkeeper Neil Finn being sent off, and was rewarded with a seven-day suspension which didn't actually cover any matches. Missed nearly two months of the second half of the season after going down with 'flu, and missed the start of the 2005-06 season because of work commitments. Was absent again for nearly three months during which he was erroneously reported in the local press to have joined Basildon United. Once again missed the start of the season in 2006 but was soon back to his telescopic best. Powerful striker of a ball who scored what proved to be an extraordinary winning goal in an F A Vase tie at Erith Town in October 2006, direct from a free-kick over seventy yards out. Was sent off in the next round and was unable to regain his place following his suspension until after the Christmas break. Enhanced his reputation at free-kicks with another long-range strike at home to Bowers in January. Marked his hundredth appearance with a long-overdue opportunity from the penalty spot, scoring the only goal of the game to give Boro a league double over newly-crowned champions Brentwood and make Romford the league's top scorers for the 2006-07 season. Was also one of Boro's successful spot-kickers in the League Cup Final defeat to Brentwood. Moved on to Barking in the 2007 close season and was soon part of a mass exodus to Aveley in the Ryman League.
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