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Ryman One North: Romford 1 Tilbury 1

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Paul Clayton’s penalty on the stroke of 90 minutes earned Romford a hard-fought point in the Ryman One North against Tilbury to stop a run of six consecutive defeats.

Clayton had conceded a spot kick five minutes earlier at Ship Lane but made amends to reward their diligent display.

With manager Paul Martin serving the second of his five-match stadium ban, assistant Mark Lord took charge and would have been pleased with their start.

Inside the opening minutes Seymour threaded a pass into Tom Richardson but Tilbury’s keeper Chico Ramos was quick off his line to smother the ball.

Seymour look determined from the onset and inspired his team-mates with some crunching tackles.

Joe Oates impressed in an unfamiliar central midfield role and nearly gave the Ship Lane crowd something to shout about but Ramos tipped his free-kick wide on 15 minutes.

Then it was Tilbury’s turn to pressurise from a set piece, but Nathan Ashton, a threat throughout, fired over the bar from 20-yards-out.

Dan Jones had the best chance of the half as the ball dropped perfectly for him inside the area but his half volley was just tipped over by Tilbury’s Ramos.

An altercation arose between Ramos and Tom Richardson that saw the pair go head to head but the situation quickly settled down.

Ashton was keeping the Boro defence on their toes and he had efforts blocked before creating a chance for Danny Aldwinckle that Aaron Omand saved.

Ten minutes into the second half and the Ship Lane crowd nearly witnessed a Barcelona-styke goal from Romford.

George Woodward sprayed a beautiful pass out to Richardson, he back heeled to David Ottley.

Richardson and Ottley combined numerous times on the right before the former curled over following Ottley’s cut back.

Tilbury fans wanted a penalty when Clayton and Francis came together in the box but no spot kick was given and the game became increasingly end-to-end.

Although, every time the visitors attacked, Romford captain Jack Barry seemed on hand to block or clear.

Reynolds fired wide after working some space before Boro’s missed opportunities looked like haunting them.

The ball was crossed in from the left and Clayton pulled Sam West to give away a spot kick, which Tilbury substitute Lee Weemes converted.

Romford fought back though and won a penalty of their own when Nick Reynolds was caught by West.

Clayton stepped up to take the pressure penalty and fired past Ramos to the delight of the home fans.

Tilbury had one more opportunity but Omand made an important block from Weemes and both teams had to settle for a point.

Romford: Omand, Ottley, Woodward, Barry, Clayton, Oates, Norris, Seymour, Reynolds, Richardson (Hart 70), Jones.

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