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Romford felt the force of Metropolitan Police

PUBLISHED: 09:00 13 December 2017

Romford's Connor Hammond returned from injury and scored against the Metropolitan Police (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Romford's Connor Hammond returned from injury and scored against the Metropolitan Police (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Romford crashed out of the Velocity Trophy with a 4-2 defeat to Bostik Premier Division high-flyers Metropolitan Police in the third round of the competition.

Carlos Djalo and Connor Hammond both netted but it wasn’t enough for them to disturb the peace amongst the Police at Imbers Court.

Boro couldn’t continue their cup successes to get away from poor form in the league but were boosted by the return of Hammond from injury.

It was the hosts who got off to a strong start and Calum Kealy found the back of the net after 18 minutes.

The attacker then bagged his second of the night ten minutes later to double his side’s lead.

The Bostik Premier Division outfit showed no signs of slowing down as Ryan James gave them a 3-0 advantage as he slotted in the 41st minute.

Romford’s Portuguese striker Djalo clawed one back for his side to reduce the deficit to 3-1 a minute before the half-time whistle.

Paul Martin’s men piled on the pressure and scored a minute after the restart through winger Hammond to make it 3-2.

The comeback didn’t last long as defender Zack Newton smashed home to make it 4-2 in the 56th minute.

They tried to push forward and rescue the match, but couldn’t break down their defence, eventually defender James Ishmail picked up the only booking of the match in the 90th minute.

Boro return to league action this weekend as they host fellow Bostik North strugglers Mildenhall Town at Ship Lane.

Martin’s men will be looking to claw back some points and chase down the rest of the league as they hunt to get off the foot of the table.

Metropolitan Police: Maan, Myers, Newton (Bird 69), Goode, Arthur, Robinson (Nurse 69), Robertson, Mummery, Wright (Macklin 58), James, Kelly.

Unused subs: Gasson and Williams.

Romford: Reynolds, Olukoga, Atkinson, Cossington, Ishmail, Adebiyi-Ojo (Daly 53), Kelly, Bichard (Shilling 64), Taylor, Djalo, Hammond.

Unused subs: Lord and Martin.

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