Romford rejoice; Lewis lifts Hornchurch
Winning weekend for rivals
Romford and Hornchurch both celebrated impressive wins at the weekend.
Boro booked a meeting with landlords Thurrock in the FA Trophy, after a 3-1 win over Dulwich Hamlet at Ship Lane.
And Hornchurch made it back-to-back wins in Conference South with a 1-0 success over Dorchester at Bridge Avenue.
Romford hit the bar early on, before Vernon Francis put the in-form visitors ahead in the eighth minute.
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Nick Reynolds missed a good chance to level soon after when he saw his penalty saved but Boro got back on terms before the break thanks to Adam Salmon’s long-range lob.
Reynolds headed home early in the second half to put Romford in front and he turned provider to set up Reece Hewitt for the third midway through the half.
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Boro saw Joe Oates sent off in the closing stages, but they banked the �2,300 prize money and can now look forward to a ‘home’ tie against Thurrock on September 29.
Hornchurch, meanwhile, climbed further up the table after a dominant display against high-flying Dorchester.
Buoyed by their 2-0 win at Basingstoke, they saw Martin Tuohy and Lewis Smith go close in the opening exchanges.
Urchins grabbed the only goal of the game in the 33rd minute when Michael Spencer’s corner was cleared, but the ball was sent back along the left flank before Lewis Smith smashed home a stunning strike from 30 yards.
Tuohy twice hit the post in the second half, but one goal proved enough for Jimmy McFarlane’s men to move up to 15th place.