ROMFORD boss Dan Spinks believes their FA Vase fourth-round home tie against Stanway Pegasus is a New Year game to savour.

Boro will host the Thurlow Nunn League Division One North side at Rookery Hill in mid-January, after beating Mildenhall Town 3-0 to progress at the weekend.

Romford turned in a faultless performance, to ease into the last 32 of the Vase for the second year running.

Spinks said: “We’re really pleased to get into the next round against a team who are in good form, in the league.

“Stanway Pegasus are doing really well at the moment.

“We played them last year in the Essex Cup and went to penalties with them, so we know it’s going to be a tough, tough game.

“Anyone you get at this round is going to be tough and a decent side but it’s something to look forward to after Christmas and see if we can go one step further than last year.”

After a goalless first half, Romford took a deserved lead against Mildenhall on 56 minutes when Ash Siddik pounced to score.

Boro made it 2-0 in the 89th minute through Hassan Nalbant, who latched onto Jacob Wiggins’ excellent pass and shrugged off a defender before calmly finding the net.

And deep into stoppage time, substitute Bradley Mott ran onto another incisive through ball and took it past the goalkeeper before rolling into an empty net.

“It was a really good result and a really good performance, so I was really pleased,” said Spinks.

“We were really short on numbers; I think we had 13 first-team players there.

“Mildenhall have a good record and we weren’t sure what to expect. They were a decent side and a solid outfit and it was a really tough game.

“3-0 is probably a little bit flattering but we certainly deserved the result and I was really pleased with the lads and the performance they put in.

“They put us under a bit of pressure in the first 10 or 15 minutes but we soaked that up and grew into the game.

“We were the better side for the next 25-30 minutes and came out for the second half and dominated the game for 20 minutes.

“I felt we needed to get the goal then while we were on top which we did and then after that, they had to open up a little bit which gave us the opportunity to capitalise.

“We battled and worked hard against a very, very good side.”

Romford chairman Steve Gardener added: “We’re delighted to be handed another home tie in the Vase.

“It will be a tough challenge as to get this far they must be playing well.”

Romford do not have an Essex Senior League game this weekend, but the reserves will play at 2pm.

“Although when winning we want to keep the momentum going, the players and management have earnt a week off," added Gardener.

“We’re looking to finish the year strongly in the league.”