Romford Con-quered by cup holders
PUBLISHED: 07:55 09 December 2015 | UPDATED: 07:55 09 December 2015
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Essex Senior Cup: Concord Rangers 6 Romford 0
Romford’s hopes of pulling off an upset in the Essex Senior Cup were shattered by holders Concord last night.
Boro kept the home side at bay until four minutes before the break, when Ben Greenhaigh rounded stand-in keeper Nick Reynolds to slot home the first goal of the night.
And the National League South side showed little mercy for Paul Martin’s Ryman North outfit after the restart, netting five more times to book their place in the quarter-finals.
The Beachboys had beaten Harlow 8-0 in the previous round and he the better of the first half, hitting a post before making the breakthrough, while Reynolds also made a terrific save to push another shot wide.
Boro had spells of their own, but could not seriously threaten Ben McNamara in the home goal, and Concord – with seven of their starting line-up having played against Sutton at the weekend – put the visitors under growing pressure in the second half.
Steve Cawley doubled Concord’s lead within three minutes of the restart, controlling a pass and smashing his shot past Reynolds, and Joe Gardner made it 3-0 on the hour after being played in to round Reynolds and slot home.
Max Cornhill headed home the fourth from a corner on 65 minutes, with Greenhaigh adding a fifth moments later when firing in at the near post.
But the visitors held out until injury time before Reynolds brought down Cawley in the box and was beaten by the subsequent spot-kick.
Boro’s landlords Thurrock also bowed out after goals from Reece Conway and Petrit Elbi led Aveley to a 2-0 win at Ship Lane.
But the three other fourth-round ties produced upsets, with Redbridge beating hosts East Thurrock 2-1 after two goals from Joe Gent.
Heybridge came from two goals down against Dagenham & Redbridge, after Christian Doidge netted twice in the opening 22 minutes, to force a penalty shoot-out at Scraley Road.
Daggers had ended the match with 10 men after Frankie Raymond was dismissed and the Swifts then won 3-2 on spot-kicks, while Essex Senior League side Bowers beat Ryman Premier Division Brentwood by a 5-3 margin.
Romford will now return to Ryman North action with a home match against Cheshunt at Ship Lane on Saturday in their penultimate fixture before the Christmas holidays.
Romford: Reynolds, Culham, Woodward, Frew, Olafunmisie, Tubey, Burgess, Farrell, Weemes (Scott 75), McKenzie (Taylor 75), Marfo. Unused subs: Barnwell, Giddings, Potter.