FA Cup: Romford 1 Kettering Town 4
PUBLISHED: 17:03 09 September 2018 | UPDATED: 19:54 09 September 2018
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Romford were sent crashing out of the FA Cup after losing their first qualifying round tie against unbeaten Southern League leaders Kettering Town at Rookery Hill on Sunday.
Ben Mines fired an early chance wide for the visitors from range, with Brett Solkhon almost converting a cross from Gary Stohrer.
Lathaniel Rowe-Turner saw his shot headed wide by Stohrer, before Ernest Okoh produced a run on goal for Boro but could not get a shot away in time.
Kettering went close to opening the scoring when Rhys Hoeness was put through and fired past Rhys Hughes, but Nathan Joseph cleared off the line.
Marcus Kelly fired a free-kick just past the post for the Poppies but Boro were inches away from breaking the deadlock when Joseph broke on the left and sent a dangerous ball into the box but a sliding Okoh could not convert.
Kettering got their noses in front early in the seconnd half when the unmarked Solkhon headed home from a right-wing cross.
But Boro were back on terms thanks to a Kurt Smith goal, before Danny Cossington conceded a penalty and Solkhon sent Hughes the wrong way from the spot.
Khadean Campbell fired wide from outside the box, before Hoeness had penalty appeals waved away for the visitors.
Kettering scored twice in three minutes to end the match as a contest, though, as Hoeness ran through from halfway to score, then pounced on a loose ball in the box after Hughes had produced a save and seen defenders make two goalline blocks.
Boro boss Paul Martin sent Nick Reynolds, Jamie Marsh and Toby Barlow on in the closing stages but Jonathan Nzengo fired over from outside the box on 84 minutes.
Greg Akpele then crossed for a teammate who could only poke the ball straight at Paul White and Cossington crossed to the far post where Nzengo headed straight at the Poppies keeper.
Akpele fired wide as the match drifted into stoppage time, but Kettering went close to a fifth when Hoeness played the ball across the face of goal for Jahvan Davidson-Miller, who could not convert at the far post.
Nick Reynolds then slipped when well placed from Akpele’s pass, which summed up Romford’s day as the bowed out.
Romford: Hughes, Nzengo, Joseph, Forrest, Okoye, Cossington, Taylor, Okoh (N Reynolds), Campbell (Barlow), Akpele, Smith (Marsh). Unused subs: Newby, Bolton, S Reynolds.