Romford pay penalty against Billericay
PUBLISHED: 08:13 10 November 2016
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Romford 1 Billericay 1 (1-3 on pens)
Romford went out of the Essex Senior Cup after losing a penalty shoot-out against Billericay at a cold Ship Lane last night.
Callum Chafer saved two of the visitor’s spot-kicks, but it was not enough as Boro could only convert one of their efforts from 12 yards.
Boss Paul Martin made several changes to his starting line-up from Saturday’s meeting with Ryman North rivals Dereham Town, when an injury-time goal denied his side victory in a 2-2 draw.
Jonathan Adebayo, Ryan Mallett and Tarren Dhariwal were all serving suspensions for the home side, which meant Sam Coe made his first start for the club and Danny Cossington returned from injury, as striker Nick Reynolds filled in at centre-back alongside Ryan Boswell, with Ashley Bankole moved to right-back.
In-form Ryman Premier Division outfit Billericay arrived with only one defeat in their last 16 league and cup outings, at Maidstone United in the FA Cup last month.
And after a fairly lively opening, which saw play swing from end to end, Boro were awarded a penalty on 23 minutes when Asher Modeste was fouled by visiting keeper Jack Giddens, who escaped without a booking.
But Jamie Dicks saw his penalty saved by the diving Giddens and the scoreline remained blank until the hour mark, when Goldy Capela headed home a cross from Sam Cross to put Billericay ahead.
Romford, unbeaten in 10 home fixtures this season and protecting a 14-match run stretching back to last March, got themselves back on level terms with seven minutes remaining, though, when substitute Chinedu McKenzie netted a stunning effort from wide on the right to claim his 13th goal of the season and forced a shoot-out.
And Boro were given an immediate boost when Chafer saved from opposite number Giddens, only for Reynolds to then have his spot-kick saved by the Billericay keeper.
Alex Stephenson converted for the visitors, which was quickly cancelled out by Dicks, and Chafer kept out Capela’s effort to hand Boro another chance.
But Charlie Portway’s effort was saved and Cross netted for Billericay, before Ayodeji Olukaga was thwarted by Giddens.
Luke Nilson netted Billericay’s fourth penalty to clinch victory and a trip to Brightlingsea Regent in the last 16, leaving Boro to now turn their attentions to their FA Trophy tie at Sudbury on Saturday.
Romford: Chafer, Bankole, Dicks, Boswell, Reynolds, Cossington, Olukaga, Taylor, Coe, Age, Modeste. Subs: McKenzie, Portway, Green, Toms, Wray.