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Romford tumble out of Trophy

PUBLISHED: 09:13 02 November 2015 | UPDATED: 09:13 02 November 2015

Warren Harris celebrates scoring the second goal for Slough against Romford (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Warren Harris celebrates scoring the second goal for Slough against Romford (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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FA Trophy: Romford 0 Slough Town 4

Mark Scott of Slough denies Ryan Boswell of Romford during their FA Trophy tie (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Mark Scott of Slough denies Ryan Boswell of Romford during their FA Trophy tie (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Romford ended up well beaten as they bowed out of the FA Trophy at Ship Lane yesterday.

A physical Slough side were two goals to the good inside the opening half hour and, although Boro had the better of things in the second period, the visitors ended the tie as a contest when breaking out to score a third.

A fourth goal gave the final scoreline more gloss for Slough, but Romford could have few complaints after a hard-working display against a good side.

Boro went into the first qualifying round tie on a high after their Ryman North derby success at Hornchurch in midweek, but only six minutes had been played when Adrian Hollis put Slough ahead with a header.

Justin Clayton of Slough heads clear from Romford's Kwasi Marfo and Matt Frew (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Justin Clayton of Slough heads clear from Romford's Kwasi Marfo and Matt Frew (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Lewis Putman went close with a volley moments later and Dan Hicks headed against the crossbar on the quarter-hour mark, before Kwasi Marfo was off-target for Boro.

Slough doubled their lead on 28 minutes as Hicks flicked home from a low Warren Harris shot and Ryan Boswell saw a shot well blocked at the other end from Marfo’s cutback on 34 minutes.

Charlie Mpi had a shot deflected just wide in first-half stoppage time, but Slough went 3-0 up just seven minutes after the restart to end Boro’s hopes of an unlikely comeback as Mpi converted a fine low ball from Putman.

Boro went close from a header just before the hour, but Mpi broke away to see a low cross put behind for a corner, from which Hicks headed just wide.

Sean Fraser of Slough holds off Romford's Chinedu McKenzie (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Sean Fraser of Slough holds off Romford's Chinedu McKenzie (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Romford’s Chinedu McKenzie sent a weak effort at Mark Scott, before Mpi headed Putman’s cross over on the hour mark.

And McKenzie forced a good diving save from Scott as Boro were frustrated once more.

Slough added their fourth goal when Putman controlled Gurkan Gokman’s cross and fired past Michael Gooch and Boro saw late hopes of a consolation denied.

Robbie Norris had a header tipped over by Scott before George Woodward sent a free-kick against a post and behind, before Scott kept out McKenzie.

Romford’s last chance of the tie saw Marfo work well on the left and pull the ball back for Norris on the edge of the box, but his shot flew over the crossbar.

Paul Martin’s men return to league action with a trip to Tilbury on Saturday, looking to set the record straight having lost 3-0 when the sides met at Ship Lane in mid-August.

Romford: Gooch, Boswell, Woodward, Cossington, Frew, Goldstone (Barry 59), Giddings (Reynolds 71), Norris, Marfo, McKenzie, Burgess (Scott 72). Unused subs: Weemes, Potter.


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