FA Trophy: Romford 2 Great Wakering Rovers 3
PUBLISHED: 15:28 30 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:28 30 September 2018
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Romford bowed out of the FA Trophy on a disappointing day at Rookery Hill.
After a pretty uneventful start, the visitors opened the scoring from a corner, as Adari Vyse headed past Rhys Hughes.
And more sloppy defending by Boro was almost punished as Aaron Russell headed wide from a free-kick, before Hughes turned another effort from Russell past a post.
Greg Akpele and Ernest Okoh then spurned decent shooting chances at the other end, before Rovers did double their lead as Vyse shrugged off Ayo Olukoga and got two chances to cross from the left, picking out Russell at the far post to turn the ball home.
Romford replied moments later, though, as a corner found captain Dan Cossington at the far post for a powerful headed finish.
And it was almost 2-2 as the ball dropped in the box for Nick Reynolds, who saw Coey Turipa block his effort.
George Cox was unable to get a shot away when he had a chance at the other end for the visitors, while Okoh fired well wide after turning on the edge of the Rovers box and then just failed to make telling contact on Akpele’s cross late in the half.
The visitors might have struck again just before the interval, as Thomas Skelton fired a powerful effort goalwards and forced Hughes into a save.
However, it was 3-1 after the restart when Romford allowed a long throw-in to bounce in the box and Billy Johnson headed home.
And Boro boss Paul Martin made a trio of substitutions in a bid to get back into the match in the final quarter, with one of the new faces, Khadean Campbell, burying a loose ball from close range after Chris Taylor was tackled in the box to cut the gap to one once again.
Jonathan Nzengo then sent a low free-kick from just outside the Rovers box wide of a post, while Boro also saw the ball flash across the face of the visitors’ goal from a corner.
And Nzengo also saw a free-kick from out by the touchline drift over the heads of everyone and beyond the far post on 82 minutes.
But Jake Gordon could have sealed it for Rovers with a fourth goal two minutes from time, only to see a low shot saved by Hughes, before Vyse failed to make clean contact with a Gordon pass.
Then Boro substitute Petr Oyetunji almost got a last-gasp chance when Turipa spilled the ball, but the Rovers keeper recovered to grab it just in time as his side earned a home tie against East Grinstead Town.
Romford: Hughes, Joseph, Nzengo, Marsh, Olukoga, Cossington, Taylor, Okoh, Reynolds, Bolton, Akpele. Subs: Bradford, Campbell, Forrest, Okoye, Oyetunji.