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Romford
Baldock Town
K SMITH (19', 41' Pen), R LEMBA (90' Pen)
Full time
Sun 26 Aug 15:00 - The Emirates FA Cup 18-19 Attendance 98

ROMFORD 3 (2) - (1) 2 Baldock Town Attendance 98 - Rookery Hill

Romford sneaked victory with a last minute penalty to move into the next round of the FA Cup.

On a horrible wet and windy Sunday afternoon Romford hosted Spartan South Midlands League side Baldock Town in the FA Cup preliminary round. Boro captain Danny COSSINGTON nearly got the hosts off to a flyer but his header from a corner rattled against the crossbar in the fourth minute. Romford were camped in the visitors half but with their first venture forward Baldock opened the scoring when Kim Forsythe raced onto a long ball forward and shot low into the back of the net via the far post, in the twelfth minute. Romford got back on level terms six minutes later when Rodney LEMBA won the ball and raced clear but was fouled right on the edge of the box. Kurt SMITH stepped up and smashed the free kick left footed into the top corner of the net. With the wind at their backs Romford were dominant but could not find the second goal their play deserved with Lemba firing over the bar when through and Ernest OKOH shooting wide of the near post when cutting in from the left. Baldock nearly sneaked a surprise second when a free kick was missed by Boro keeper Rhys HUGHES but Nick REYNOLDS was on hand to clear the ball off the line. Smith fired another free kick inches wide from thirty-five yards before he grabbed his and Romford's second just before half time. Greg AKPELE beat two men and then had his ankle clipped allowing Smith to rifle the penalty home.

Romford could have scored twice in the opening two minutes of the second half when Daniel JONES was unable to get on the end of a dropped cross and Lemba had a shot saved after Akpele did well down the left. Baldock should have equalised when Harry Holland had a free header but the minute striker's effort went well wide and then he was lucky to remain on the pitch after lashing out at a Romford defender but the incident was missed by the officials. Romford were pretty poor for the rest of the second half and Baldock did grab an equaliser when Liam Kenna turned in a cross just after the hour. Neither team now seemed able to create any further chances and just as the match looked to be heading to a replay the Baldock full back was perhaps a little harshly adjudged to have fouled Akpele, again in the box. As Smith had earlier been substituted after picking up an injury, Lemba stepped up to hit the penalty low past the keeper.

Victory will give Romford valuable prize money and Tuesday's draw for the next round will be eagerly awaited by the Boro faithful.

ROMFORD (2) 3 Kurt SMITH 18, 41 (PEN), LEMBA 90 (PEN)
BALDOCK TOWN (1) 2 FORSYTH 12, KENNA 62

ROMFORD: Rhys HUGHES, JONATHAN NZRNGO, Kurt SMITH (Nathan JOSEPH 61), Nick REYNOLDS, George FORREST, Danny COSSINGTON, Chris TAYLOR, Ernest OKOH (Taylor TOMBIDES 80), Rodney LEMBA, Daniel JONES (Max BOLTON 69), Greg AKPELE SUBS NOT USED STEPHEN REYNOLDS, NATHAN OKOYE, TOBY BARLOW & HARRY PRINCE

The FA Respect: We Only Do Positive

Key moments

19:00
Goal Kurt SMITH scores for Romford
41:00
Scored Penalty Kurt SMITH scores a penalty for Romford
90:00
Scored Penalty Rodney LEMBA scores a penalty for Romford

Highlights

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90:00 Assist
Greg AKPELE makes an assist for Romford
90:00 Scored Penalty 3 - 0
Rodney LEMBA scores a penalty for Romford
87:00 Yellow Card
Nick REYNOLDS is yellow carded for Romford
80:00 Sub Off
Ernest OKOH is substituted off for Romford
80:00 Sub On
Taylor TOMBIDES is substituted on for Romford
69:00 Sub On
Max BOLTON is substituted on for Romford
69:00 Sub Off
Daniel JONES is substituted off for Romford
61:00 Sub On
Nathan JOSEPH is substituted on for Romford
61:00 Sub Off
Kurt SMITH is substituted off for Romford
End of period 1
41:00 Scored Penalty 2 - 0
Kurt SMITH scores a penalty for Romford
41:00 Assist
Greg AKPELE makes an assist for Romford
19:00 Goal 1 - 0
Kurt SMITH scores for Romford
19:00 Assist
Rodney LEMBA makes an assist for Romford
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Romford
  • Baldock Town
  • 0
  • Kurt SMITH Goal 19:00'
  • Rodney LEMBA Assist 19:00'
  • Kurt SMITH Scored Penalty 41:00'
  • Greg AKPELE Assist 41:00'
  • Nathan JOSEPH Sub On 61:00'
  • Kurt SMITH Sub Off 61:00'
  • Max BOLTON Sub On 69:00'
  • Daniel JONES Sub Off 69:00'
  • Ernest OKOH Sub Off 80:00'
  • Taylor TOMBIDES Sub On 80:00'
  • Nick REYNOLDS Yellow Card 87:00'
  • Rodney LEMBA Scored Penalty 90:00'
  • Greg AKPELE Assist 90:00'

Team selection

HUGHES, Rhys HUGHES, Rhys
NZENGO, Jonathan NZENGO, Jonathan
SMITH, Kurt SMITH, Kurt
OKOH, Ernest OKOH, Ernest
REYNOLDS, Nick REYNOLDS, Nick
FORREST, George FORREST, George
TAYLOR, Chris TAYLOR, Chris
COSSINGTON, Danny COSSINGTON, Danny
AKPELE, Greg AKPELE, Greg
JONES, Daniel JONES, Daniel
LEMBA, Rodney LEMBA, Rodney

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