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FA Cup First qualifying round: Grays 2 Romford 1
Despite a brave effort against a team from a division above Romford crashed out of the FA Cup at Mill Field as Grays progressed.
Eddie Hart pulled a goal back for Boro after they were 2-0 down but they couldn’t force an equaliser that would have been deserved.
Any neutrals watching could have guessed it was a derby fixture as the tackles flew in early on.
And Grays took the lead after seven minutes when Jeff Hammond threaded a pass into Joao Carlos, who had beaten the offside trap and he rounded Aaron Omand to score.
Both sides had penalty appeals turned down midway through the half, the first to Grays after Hammond tangled with Paul Clayton but the referee gave a goal kick.
Abs Seymour then showed great footwork inside the box, but slipped despite Romford gesticulating towards the referee that he was fouled.
Moments before that penalty appeal for Boro, Seymour had missed a big opportunity.
Tom Richardson floated the ball into the box and Seymour controlled it, but the midfielder swung and missed the ball and Grays cleared.
Two minutes after that chance and everybody inside the ground except the officials believed it was 2-0.
Hammond headed home from a Aaron Ramos-Gonzalez free-kick but despite even the stadium announcer confirming the goal to the crowd, it was disallowed.
Romford had settled now and were starting to create opportunities, with Scott Truman and Ryan Imbert going close, the latter missing a header just before the break.
Three minutes into the second period and Jamie Dicks fired over the bar from eight yards out when he should have done better.
The second half started noticeably quieter, despite the early effort from Dicks, as the frantic pace of the first half appeared to take its toll on the players.
The crucial second goal then came in the 61st minute and it went to the hosts.
Kenny Beaney’s effort from outside the area was on target, but took a deflection off Truman and flew past Omand.
Boro boss Paul Martin brought on Eddie Hart in the 65th minute and two minutes later he repaid that faith by pulling a goal back.
Seymour, who was outstanding throughout, played the ball into Hart and he finished with aplomb to set up for a dramatic finish.
With the game so tight tempers again came to the surface and players from both sides had to be warned several times.
Ten minutes from time, Dicks again demonstrated his appetite to burst forward as he thundered a header against the post from Kurt Smith’s cross.
Lewis Francis was sent on in one final attempt to force a replay, but Romford couldn’t create a final opportunity and bowed out of the FA Cup.
Romford: Omand, Ottley (Francis 84), Oates, Truman, Clayton, Dicks, Norris (Hart 65), Seymour, Imbert, Smith, Richardson.
Arsenal have decisions to make on a host of first team players whose contracts are set to expire at the end of the season.