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Ryman League Cup: Romford 1 East Thurrock United 0
Romford progressed into the third round of the Ryman League Cup courtesy of a second half goal from Reece Tranter.
After an uneventful first half, Tranter put Boro in front with a chipped effort from the edge of the box, and despite late pressure from their Ryman Premier visitors, they held on.
It was a quiet opening to the game, with Eddie Hart having the first shot of any real note on seven minutes but he drilled his effort wide of David Hughes’ goal.
Up the other end, Ross Parmenter shot straight at Boro goalkeeper Aaron Omand before Mitchell Gilbey fired wide for the Rocks after drawing Omand out of goal.
Tom Richardson saw a curling effort well held later in the half by Hughes and the chance of the half fell to the same man after 37 minutes.
A throughball found him unmarked in the box but he drilled his effort wide of the goal and the onrushing Hughes.
It was a dominant start to the second half for the hosts, who created a plethora of chances, only to find Hughes in good form.
Hart saw a flicked effort blocked by Gilbey, before Hughes tipped over Reece Tranter’s cross-come-shot after 56 minutes.
However, Boro were not to be denied and got the reward their play deserved when Tranter looped an effort over Hughes which went in off the underside of the bar.
Paul Martin’s side continued to carve out chances, with Richardson forcing a good save from Hughes after 67 minutes, and then firing just wide after a mistake at the back from the Rocks.
John Coventry’s visitors slowly crept their way back into the match and David Bryant did beat Ottley with a low finish, only to be flagged offside.
And as the game entered the closing stages, Bryant fired a free-kick just over the bar, after Romford saw penalty appeals waved away up the other end with Richardson brought down by Hughes.
But Omand had to be on top form to deny Grant Eagle with the winger one-on-one with the keeper and the rebound from Gilbey struck the bar.
Bryant scooped an effort over in the final minute and Omand blocked another Gilbey effort as the hosts spent the closing stages on the back foot, but ultimately held on to knock the Rocks out.
Romford: Omand, Ottley, Woodward (Francis 68), Truman, Ishmail, Dicks, Goldstone (Sammut 59), Tranter, Hart (Imbert 76), Richardson, Long
Unused substitute: Norris
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