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Romford continue FA Cup run with comfortable victory against Stowmarket Town

PUBLISHED: 21:42 23 August 2017 | UPDATED: 21:42 23 August 2017

Romford and Stowmarket Town players shake hands ahead of their FA Cup match (Pic: Jacob Ranson)

Romford and Stowmarket Town players shake hands ahead of their FA Cup match (Pic: Jacob Ranson)

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Romford 3 Stowmarket Town 1

Romford earn a spot in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Stowmarket Town.

Boro were inspired by two first-half goals and late effort from Jonathan Adebayo, Jonathan Nzengo and Chris Taylor in their preliminary round replay against the Eastern Counties League Premier Division outfit at Ship Lane.

The blue and yellow outfit will now face local league rivals AFC Hornchurch at home in the next round on Saturday, September 2.

The first chance of the match fell to Romford’s Taylor who hit the side netting after being put through on goal by Adebayo who made a great run down the right flank, before cutting inside and picking out the striker in the sixth minute.

A cagey opening twenty minutes with neither side wanting to give up too much was finally broke down when the visitors Ollie Brown had a dig from long range, but his shot was blocked and went out for a goal-kick.

Adebayo broke the deadlock in the twenty seventh minute as he cut inside the box, but was stopped dead in his tracks, before battling and wriggling his way through three Stowmarker defenders to get through on goal and slot a shot into the bottom right.

Two minutes later the visitors equalised as wing-back Jemel Fox scored from close range to make it 1-1.

The match became cagey again but both sides got their chances as Stowmarket’s Carver headed a corner over the ball, before Jonathan Nzengo fired over from a tight angle.

Jonathan Nzengo poked home an incoming cross with a diving header to put his side 2-1 up a minute before half-time.

The play went straight back down the other end and the visitors almost found another equaliser as they hit the bar with a header from a free-kick just outside the box, after Ryan Burt-Allen received a yellow card for bringing down Fox.

The second-half was quiet for the first fifthteen minutes, but was brought to live when the visitors had the chance to claw their way back into it, but striker Josh Mayhew headed straight into the arms of goalkeeper Steven Reynolds from inside the box.

Romford extended their lead to 3-1 in the seventy eighth minute when Chris Taylor drilled a shot off the left post and into the net from 18 yards out.

The hosts held firm as Stowmarket searched for a way back into the tie in the dying minutes and managed to scramble multiple efforts inside the box.

Romford: Reynolds, Burt-Allen, Atkinson, Cossington, McGeorge (Vickers 81), Dicks, Adebayo, Brown (Giwa), Taylor, Clarke, Nzengo

Unused subs: Modeste.

Stowmarket Town: Brand, Brown, Fox, Harrop (Yallop 73), Weavers, Carver(Wood 58), Cunningham, Baker, Mayhew, Clark, Bugg (Garrett 53)

Unused subs: Gittens and Musgrove.

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