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Romford
Kettering Town
K SMITH (52')
Full time
Sun 9 Sep 15:00 - The Emirates FA Cup 18-19 Attendance 271

ROMFORD 1 (0) - (0) 4 Kettering Town (FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round) Attendance 271 -Rookery Hill

Romford fought hard but were ultimately defeated with all the goals coming in a twenty two minute spell at the start of the second half.

Kettering arrived with a hundred per cent record as leaders of the Southern League Premier Division Central, a tier above Boro and this eagerly awaited clash would bring back memories for both side's older supporters of many meetings during the sixties and seventies in the Southern League Premier Division, which at the time was the most powerful competition outside of the Football League.

Still hampered by injuries to his squad, Paul Martin set up his team to get behind the ball and press their opponents in possession and the plan worked in a cagey first half which saw Kettering being restricted to half chances which were hit high or wide of the goal or snuffed out by keeper Rhys HUGHES and his defenders. Romford counter attacked when they could and did in fact come nearest to scoring just before the interval when Joanathan Nzengo got clear down the left and hit a low cross into the goalmouth which beat the defence and headed to the unmarked Ernest OKOH who was an inch away from connecting with the ball in front of an empty net.

Everything changed at the start of the second period when it took Kettering less than half a minute to take the lead with Brett Solichon heading home a cross from the right. Boro and their supporters were stunned but seven minutes later they were back in it when Khadean CAMPBELL won the ball close to the corner flag on the right and slipped a pass to Greg AKPELE who dribbled along the line, beat a man and cut inside. His avenue to goal was blocked off so instead he squared the ball back to Kurt SMITH who smashed an unstoppable left foot shot into the top corner.

However it took only a further three minutes for the Poppies to regain the lead through Solichon again, via the penalty spot as for once Romford skipper Danny COSSINGTON was beaten by his opponent and could only stop him unfairly. This time there would be no quick reply by Romford as instead Rhys Hoenes scored a quickfire brace for the visitors, running clear to beat Hughes with a cross shot and then scoring from the rebound after two good saves from Hughes in quick succession.

After this flurry the last quarter of the match settled down to something like the first half but now with Kettering happy to consolidate. Towards the end and with nothing to lose, Romford threw caution to the winds and were unlucky not to make the score line a fairer reflection of the game as Nzengo went close with a header and Nick REYNOLDS looking like he was sure to score before his effort was blocked by a last ditch challenge.

ROMFORD (0) 1 Kurt SMITH 52,
KETTERING TOWN (0) 4 Solichon 46, 55, Hoenes 65,67
Team: Rhys HUGHES, Jonathan NZENGO, Nathan JOSEPH, George FORREST, Nathan OKOYE, Danny COSSINGTON (c), Chris TAYLOR, Ernest OKOH (Nick REYNOLDS 74), Khadean CAMPBELL (Toby BARLOW 74), Greg AKPELE, Kurt SMITH ( Jamie Marsh 80)
Unused Subs: Kris Newby, Stephen Reynolds, Max Bolton

Yellow Cards: Nathan OKOYE 43, Jonathan NZENGO 50, Nathan JOSEPH 79

The FA Respect: We Only Do Positive

Key moments

52:00
Goal Kurt SMITH scores for Romford

Highlights

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80:00 Sub Off
Kurt SMITH is substituted off for Romford
80:00 Sub On
Jamie Marsh is substituted on for Romford
79:00 Yellow Card
Nathan JOSEPH is yellow carded for Romford
74:00 Sub On
Nick REYNOLDS is substituted on for Romford
74:00 Sub Off
Ernest OKOH is substituted off for Romford
74:00 Sub Off
Khadean CAMPBELL is substituted off for Romford
74:00 Sub On
Toby BARLOW is substituted on for Romford
52:00 Goal 1 - 0
Kurt SMITH scores for Romford
52:00 Assist
Greg AKPELE makes an assist for Romford
50:00 Yellow Card
Jonathan NZENGO is yellow carded for Romford
End of period 1
43:00 Yellow Card
Nathan OKOYE is yellow carded for Romford
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Romford
  • Kettering Town
  • 0
  • Nathan OKOYE Yellow Card 43:00'
  • Jonathan NZENGO Yellow Card 50:00'
  • Kurt SMITH Goal 52:00'
  • Greg AKPELE Assist 52:00'
  • Nick REYNOLDS Sub On 74:00'
  • Ernest OKOH Sub Off 74:00'
  • Khadean CAMPBELL Sub Off 74:00'
  • Toby BARLOW Sub On 74:00'
  • Nathan JOSEPH Yellow Card 79:00'
  • Kurt SMITH Sub Off 80:00'
  • Jamie Marsh Sub On 80:00'

Team selection

HUGHES, Rhys HUGHES, Rhys
NZENGO, Jonathan NZENGO, Jonathan
FORREST, George FORREST, George
OKOH, Ernest OKOH, Ernest
OKOYE, Nathan OKOYE, Nathan
JOSEPH, Nathan JOSEPH, Nathan
AKPELE, Greg AKPELE, Greg
COSSINGTON, Danny COSSINGTON, Danny
SMITH, Kurt SMITH, Kurt
CAMPBELL, Khadean CAMPBELL, Khadean
TAYLOR, Chris TAYLOR, Chris

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