Velocity Trophy: Romford 1 Tilbury 1 (5-3 on pens)
PUBLISHED: 07:59 21 September 2017
Manny Brown was Romford’s penalty shoot-out hero as they booked their place in the next round of the Bostik League’s Velocity Trophy at Ship Lane last night.
Boro went into the match on the back of a five-match losing streak, following their 5-0 home defeat at the hands of Bowers on Saturday.
And their last win had been a 4-1 success over Tilbury, but they found themselves behind after only 12 minutes as an unmarked Aaron Waters put the Dockers in front with a header.
Despite that, debutant Michael Finnernan impressed at centre-back for Boro, who were awarded a penalty when Greg Akpele was fouled in the box.
But the club’s all-time record goalscorer, Nick Reynolds, saw his spot-kick saved by Louis Hawes and sent another good chance wide soon after.
Paul Martin’s men had the better of play in the second half, but were found wanting in the final third until Akpele pounced to slot home an equaliser on 72 minutes.
Substitute Craig Jeakins caused problems for the visiting defence in the closing stages, but neither side could find a winner and it went to a shoot-out.
Akpele, Hugo Atkinson, Ola Giwa and Ayo Olukoga all scored for Boro to put them 4-3 up, before Stephen Reynolds saved from George Pullen, diving to his left.
Brown then stepped up to drill his spot-kick low to the right of Hawes to seal victory and give Boro a boost heading into the weekend, when they visit Canvey Island in a Bostik North fixture.
Romford return to Ship Lane next Wednesday to welcome Cheshunt.
Romford: S Reynolds, Olukoga, Mvemba, Atkinson, Finnernan, Ishmail, Giwa, Akpele, N Reynolds (Brown 67), Ayoola (Clarke 67), Hammond (Jeakins 58). Unused subs: Burt Allen, Gooch.