Romford pay penalty at Tonbridge

PUBLISHED: 10:47 07 December 2016 | UPDATED: 10:47 07 December 2016

Romford manager Paul Martin issues instructions from the touchline (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Romford manager Paul Martin issues instructions from the touchline (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Tonbridge Angels 2 Romford 2 (4-2 pens)

Brave Romford bowed out of the Ryman League Cup after taking Premier Division outfit Tonbridge to a penalty shoot-out at Longmead Stadium last night.

Boro had lost to local rivals Billericay in similar circumstances in the Essex Senior Cup at Ship Lane last month, but went into this tie on the back of a 4-1 home loss against Soham Town Rangers at the weekend.

Nonetheless, Paul Martin’s looked on course for an upset after racing into a two-goal lead inside half an hour.

Nick Reynolds opened the scoring with 11 minutes gone, with the returning Greg Akpele doubling the advantage for on 27 minutes.

Angels found an answer just before the interval, though, as they took advantage of Kwasi Marfo having to fill in at left-back and Bradley Fortnum-Tomlinson halved the deficit.

Leading scorer Chinedu McKenzie went close to restoring Romford’s two-goal advantage after the restart, hitting a post, and Tonbridge drew level with 13 minutes remaining when Mitchell Nelson headed home from substitute Nick Wheeler’s corner.

Boro still might have snatched a late winner as Kai Bichard hit the crossbar, but it went to a shoot-out and although McKenzie and Jamie Ishmail converted from the spot, Chris Taylor and Marfo saw their efforts saved by Di Bernardo.

Meanwhile, Thamesmead’s 1-0 win over Waltham Abbey saw Boro drop into the bottom three in Ryman North, ahead of their crucial home meeting with fellow strugglers Wroxham on Saturday.

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