Football: Blow for play-off hopes as Dockers fall to Romford

Ryman Div One North

Tilbury 1 v 2 Romford

Att 91

TILBURY were beaten by a direct but effective Romford side, with a late goal on a chilly, windy, but sunny afternoon at Chadfields.

Manager Paul Vaughan made three changes to the line up from Saturday’s win at Chatham with Dean Driscoll, Ben Crooks and Danny Francis replacing James Marrable, Conor Mead and Tony Jacobs.

The game was played in a good spirit, but never flowed as the game was disrupted by consistent petty fouls from both sides. On a disappointing afternoon for the Dockers started well and had the better of the early chances. Tom Wraight after 3 minutes hit wide before Aiken’s effort was well saved by Omand on 13. It was Romford who took the lead on 17 when a Jones ball fell Kurt Smith who took advantage of some hesitant defensive lapse to nip in past Driscoll. Smith should have scored again a few minutes later but his effort was well blocked.

As Romford started to dominate up to half time, Driscoll in the Tilbury goal made another fine low save from Jones. On 39 the referee had to speak to the Romford bench and the manager was dismissed from the technical area and seconds later Tilbury was denied a blatant penalty when a handball on the line was not seen by the officials. With the break fast approaching a corner from the right found the head of Rob Gillman, but he somehow headed over the top.

The second half lacked goalmouth action for long periods. It took until 77 minutes for the first serious effort of the half when Blessing beat the offside trap only to see his shot go just wide. Somehow Tilbury got themselves back in the game with 5 minutes remaining when Francis passed to substitute Aaron Matthews who slotted home with his first touch of the ball. Romford never gave up and the next attack saw them get the winner when Ben Jones hit a low free kick into the Tilbury box and it found substitute Andre Gumbs who was making his debut to bundle over the line to give the visitors a well-deserved victory.

Tilbury have little time to dwell over this result, as they travel to AFC Sudbury on Wednesday night.

Tilbury: Driscoll, Crooks, Daniel, Nightingill (Matthews 83), Gillman; Henty (Blackman 74), Francis, Carlile, Aiken, Cutler, Wraight.

Subs not used: Jacobs, B Webb and Warren

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