Romford gave themselves a fighting chance to avoid relegation from the Bostik League North following a best-of-five win at Ship Lane against Essex rivals Grays Athletic on Wednesday night.
Boro knew they had to win this game to have any chance of pipping second-bottom Norwich United for the relegation place.
And now it`s squeaky bum time on Saturday as victory leaves Romford two points behind the Planters – Boro being at home to out-of-sorts Maldon, while United visit in-form Cheshunt.
They gave themselves a chance thanks to goals from Chris Taylor after 8 minutes, Carlos Djalo Oso after 32 minutes and Greg Akpele 16 minutes from time.
Grays battled back and a nervy final 10 minutes saw Romford concede two to Tommy Wade and Kieran Bishop, but they held on.
The only game in the Bostik League South on Wednesday saw already-relegated Shoreham lose their final home game 4-1 to a Whyteleafe side who are looking to finish in the top eight.
It was the Mussels who took a lead into the break, thanks to Ryan Stevens` 24th minute goal.
But 7 minutes after the interval, Bola Nkori-Venceslas equalised and `Leafe added further goals from Scott Day, Tom Pearson and Joey Taylor.