Dicks delivers for Romford
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FA Cup: Romford 1 Bury Town 0
Jamie Dicks delivered the giantkilling blow as Romford knocked Bury out of the FA Cup at Ship Lane.
Dicks struck the only goal of their first qualifying round tie as Ryman One North Boro upset their Premier Division rivals to bank £3,000 prize money and earn a place in the second qualifying round.
And Paul Martin’s men will no doubt be hoping for a favourable draw tomorrow morning as they look to extend their cup run further.
Bury made a bright start and Garrett saw his effort headed off the line on five minutes.
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But the hosts got their first sight of goal on 18 minutes, when captain Jack Barry scuffed his effort wide from the edge of th ebox.
The visitors went close moments later as Ruel volleyed just past the post but Dicks fired over at the other end moments after picking up the first yellow card of the match.
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Aaron Omand made a fine stop to deny Wales, after Ruel had created the chance on 31 minutes, but Boro went close when Paul Preston’s cross found seven-goal Ryan Imbert, who headed wide from eight yards.
Barry had a shot deflected into the arms of Garnham, before Ruel fired over for Bury late in the first half.
And Boro had Omand to thank for another good save seven minutes after the restart, as he tipped over Garrett’s angled effort from the left.
Garrett made a break on the right soon after, but Steve Holder’s overhead kick was too high and Weavers also fired over the bar for Bury before the hour.
Romford were denied by a superb Garnham save when Sam Kemp teed up Barry, whose effort was tipped away.
But the home side struck moments later when Bury failed to deal with the corner and the ball fell to Dicks, who smashed it home left-footed.
Boro might have doubled their lead six minutes from time but Imbert’s shot on the turn from close range was straight at Garnham.
But struggling Bury could not find a way back and were knocked out by a team from a lower division for the second year in succession.
Victory made it four games unbeaten for Boro and boss Martin, as well as hoping for a winnable tie in the next round, will be looking for his side to maintain their momentum when they return to league action at Chatham on Tuesday.
Romford: Omand, Ottley, Preston, Toms, Dicks (Ishmail 80), Clayton, Barry, Cocklin, Imbert (Reynolds 89), Richardson, Kemp. Unused subs: Boateng, Truman, Norris, McLeavy, Woodward.