Romford 3-2 Baldock Town: Cruel luck for Luke Gregson’s battling braves sees Reds exit FA Cup after late penalty heartbreak

PUBLISHED: 20:18 27 August 2018 | UPDATED: 20:40 27 August 2018

Roddy Lemba of Romford scored a late penalty winner to break Baldock hearts in the FA Cup on Sunday.  CREDIT GAVIN ELLIS/TGS

Roddy Lemba of Romford scored a late penalty winner to break Baldock hearts in the FA Cup on Sunday. CREDIT GAVIN ELLIS/TGS

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A last-gasp penalty from Romford’s Roddy Lemba to make the scoreline 3-2 saw brave Baldock Town knocked out of the FA Cup preliminary round at Rookery Hill on Sunday.

The Reds’ Kim Forsythe put the visitors from the South Midlands League ahead in the 12th minute, before Kurt Smith replied with the first of his two goals six minutes later.

Four minutes before half-time the experienced Smith slotted home the Boro’s first spot-kick of the day to level, after Greg Akpele was adjudged to have had his ankle clipped by Zach Decker in the box.

Liam Kenna turned in an Owen Robertson cross to equalise for boss Luke Gregson’s battling braves, as the side who play at New Lamb Meadow made it 2-2 just after the hour – before Lemba’s late show broke Baldock hearts.

On a wet and windy afternoon in Essex fate was cruel on Baldock, who did not deserve to exit the tournament to the Bostik League Division One North side.

Boss Gregson, speaking to CometSport after the match said: “I am pleased with the fight [we showed] and the way [my] side took the game to a team in a higher league.”

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