Close but no cigar

Hamlet put out Romford

Boro bowed out of the league cup after Hamlet hit a last-minute winner in south London.

But they can now focus their attention on their Ryman One North play-off bid, with home games against title-chasing Needham Market tomorrow (Saturday) and Potters Bar on Tuesday.

The last-16 tie looked set for extra time when highly-rated youngster Paul McCallum popped up to sweep home his second goal of the night and send Paul Martin’s men packing.

Boro boss Martin saw the visitors make a fine start as Paul Kavanagh’s second-minute corner was smashed into the net by Matt Toms.

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Defences dominated for the most part after that, but the home side got back on terms in the 25th minute when McCallum hit a low bouncing shot from the edge of the box which deceived Adam Rafis and crept inside the post.

Boro looked the more likely winners as the second half progressed, with Perry Burns teeing up Danny Rafis for a shot, which went just over the crossbar.

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But Dulwich blew a great chance when the unmarked Francis Duku headed over from close range.

There was no escape for Boro in the final minute of normal time, though, as Dulwich broke on the left and the ball was sent into the box for the onrushing McCallum to convert.

Romford: A Rafis, Oxby, Neville, Ishmail, Toms, Clayton (Pattison 63), Burns (Seymour 77), D Rafis, Reynolds, Senghore (Read 75), Kavanagh.

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