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Hat-trick hero McKenzie lifts Romford

PUBLISHED: 17:15 30 October 2016

Chinedu McKenzie celebrates a goal for Romford (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Chinedu McKenzie celebrates a goal for Romford (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Horsham 1 Romford 3

Romford boss Paul Martin in thoughtful pose (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)Romford boss Paul Martin in thoughtful pose (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Chinedu McKenzie’s hat-trick fired Romford into the next round of the FA Trophy in Sussex on Sunday.

And after banking another £2,700 in prize money, Boro will be eagerly awaiting the draw for the next round when it is made tomorrow.

The visitors, with new signing Tarren Dhariwal in their starting line-up, made a bright start and saw an early effort from a free-kick fly past the post, before Josh Pelling made a good point-blank save.

And Boro took the lead on 13 minutes as McKenzie opened his account for the day from a corner, despite the home side’s protests.

Horsham were forced into an early change as Terry Dodd went down injured and was stretched off to be replaced by Anthony Nwachukwu.

And the substitute went close after a good run past two defenders, only to miss the target with a wayward shot.

Boro doubled their lead on 23 minutes when McKenzie fired home his second goal of the game from the edge of the box past Pelling and they went close to another when a long-range free-kick hit the angle of crossbar and post.

Horsham saw their assistant manager sent from the dug out for disputing a decision, before Charlie Farmer glanced a cross from Steve Metcalf wide.

But the hosts were grateful to Pelling for another save, before Boro were reduced to 10 men when debutant Dhariwal was shown a straght red card for a professional foul.

Horsham substitute Scott Kirkwood drew a good save from Callum Chafer early in the second half, before Boro went 3-0 up on 53 minutes as McKenzie completed his treble.

Dan Sackman pulled a goal back for Horsham seven minutes later and Nwachukwu had a chance soon after, but his shot on the run lacked power to trouble Chafer.

Liam McDevitt and Sackman fired over in quick succession as the home side looked to close the gap further, while Chafer denied Nwachukwu with a good save.

And 10-man Boro held on to their lead to book a place in the next round, ahead of the draw on Monday.

Romford: Chafer, Boswell, Dhariwel, Adebayo, Mallett, Olukoga, Dicks, McKenzie, Modeste, Green, Toms. Subs: Reynolds, Portway, Ishmail, Bankole, Wray.

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