AVELEY, Grays Athletic and Tilbury were knocked out of the FA Cup after suffering defeats at the first hurdle.

Aveley and Grays were involved in a double-header of preliminary round ties to be held at Parkside.

Jamie Stuart's side were the away team as Grays' clash with FC Romania got underway at 11am, but the Isthmian North side fell to a 2-0 defeat.

FC Romania were awarded a 21st minute penalty after Toby Cleaver was brought down and Gabriel Ghinea sent Grays goalkeeper Lloyd Anderson the wrong way with the resulting spot-kick.

Usman Adeniji headed wide soon after being brilliantly denied by goalkeeper Adrian Darabant and Grays would have felt hard done by to have gone in at the break behind.

Substitute Dennis Oli was thwarted by Darabant after the interval but FC Romania ensured they would progress in the FA Cup as Oliver Cleaver scored a late second goal.

Meanwhile, Aveley also suffered a 2-0 defeat just a few hours later at Parkside.

Potters Bar Town were the winners, with Dernell Wynter and Bradley Sach on target.

The visitors took the lead inside the opening 10 seconds as Wynter found the back of the net.

Garrett Kelly headed an Andy Freeman cross inches over the crossbar as the Millers looked to grab an equaliser, but Potters Bar doubled their advantage with 22 minutes on the clock as Sach was clinical from close range.

Tom Richardson and Freeman were both denied before the break, while Freeman - a summer signing from Concord Rangers - then struck the outside of the post shortly after the interval.

Alex Akrofi was thwarted from an acute angle and it was to prove to be a frustrating afternoon for James Webster's side.

Elsewhere, Tilbury lost 5-3 to Hertford Town as goalkeeper Ashlee Jones saw red.

The Dockers shot-stopper was booked only three minutes into the tie as he conceded a penalty and Dave Keenleyside converted the resulting spot-kick.

But Tom Anderson levelled matters after 14 minutes by slotting home at the back post.

Ben Ward-Cochrane restored the hosts' one-goal lead only for Tilbury to level four minutes later thanks to a looping header from Hussain Jaffa on the half hour mark.

Ward-Cochrane completed his brace a minute before the break to allow Hertford to lead at half-time.

Lewis Smith found the back of the net nine minutes after the interval as the Dockers hit back for a third time.

Jones was given his marching orders on 65 minutes as the goalkeeper threw the ball away to waste time having already been booked early on.

And Tilbury were to pay as former Grays frontman Tommy Wade headed home three minutes later, while George Beattie completed the scoring.