Dockers third draw in a row as they hold Romford

Ryman Div One North

Romford 1 v 1 Tilbury

Tilbury picked up there third consecutive draw with a point at Romford in a game where they could have taken all three.

Paul Vaughan made one change to the line up from last weeks game at Maldon, with Conor Mead replacing Bostry Bansende due to injury.

Both sides had early chances, with Clifton for Romford and King for Tilbury. On 15 Romford almost took the lead when following a goalmouth scramble, Conor Mead nearly put through his own net. On 30 new signing Ellis Skidmore blazed over.

On 34 Paul King got round the back of the defence and went close. Unfortunately from the incident he was substituted due to injury. Emiel Aiken also went close on the break, but both sides went in to the break on level terms.

Tilbury replaced Harry Cook at the break due to injury, bringing on Tom Webb. Within seconds Tilbury took the lead when a cross from Bradley Barnes found Webb who slotted home with his first touch to the delight of the supporters behind the goal.

Tilbury took the game to there hosts and dominated proceedings, with both Worrell and Webb linking up well. On 52 Alex Read 20 yard effort was well saved. Seconds later Read turned provider when he played in Barnes whose effort was blocked. On 54 Romford were back on level terms, when another scramble in the box found Paul Clayton to stabbed home despite protests for handball. Tilbury kept pushing and the effective Webb again went close from a free kick, when Lamar Johnson had to be at his best. Seconds later Webb played in Barnes who fired wide.

On 65 Addrian Clifton shot that James Marrable saved and a minute later Jamie Dicks fired out of the ground from 10 yards.

With Webb on fire, his 20 yard free kick was again well saved by Johnson. Johnson made the save of the match on 73 when a good Aiken run down the right found Webb again and his bullet header was saved. Going in to the final 5 minutes Tilbury pushed hard for a deserved goal but Romford’s defence held out.

Tilbury go in to the Christmas break in 6th place, which Paul Vaughan is delighted with. His hopes for 2012 are to push on and remain in and around the play offs. .

Tilbury’s next game is home to Great Wakering Rovers on Boxing Day with the kick off 1pm, followed by a New Years Eve game home to Enfield Town. Again this game will kick off at 1pm. .

Team – Marrable, Mead, Worrell, King (West 34), Nightingill, Henty, Aiken, Skerritt (Good 65), Read, Cook (Webb 46), Barnes

Subs not used: Taylor and Wraight)

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