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Romford ended a run of six consecutive defeats with a hard fought point against Tilbury on Saturday in a 1-1 draw in the Ryman One North.

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And assistant manager Mark Lord, overseeing match days with Paul Martin suspended, was relieved to end their recent bad form with a point.

The Dockers won a penalty five minutes from time to go ahead but Boro showed great resolve to keep battling and earn a spot kick of their own minutes later to take a share of the spoils.

“It stopped the rot and I think there was only five to go when they got their penalty,” said Lord.

“I think the boys have done exceptionally well and we’ll go forward now.

“I’ve said to them hopefully it is the stepping stone in the right direction. The effort last week was a bit below par but they have picked themselves up and I thought the effort was good.”

Both penalty decisions appeared soft and Lord admitted his view wasn’t the greatest for either, but was nervous when Paul Clayton stepped up to take his.

“It was so far away I couldn’t see what’s gone on there but just happy to get the penalty and the equaliser with the short time we had,” said Lord.

“There always is nerves with penalties and the luck we have been having lately you are thinking ‘the keeper is going to save this or it’ll hit the post and come out’ but he has taken it well.”

Although Lord was delighted with the work rate his side showed, he was left frustrated once again with their composure in front of goal.

“It is just that little bit of composure, it is always the finishing with us,” he added

“We have been struggling for the last five or six weeks with the way we have been finishing.

“We’ve told the players to have a touch; compose yourself and then get your shot off but they try and hit it first time and it balloons over the bar.

“Keep it on target, make the keeper work. He might parry it, drop it, fumble it whatever and someone comes in and it is a tap in but we don’t give them that option because we smack it straight over the bar.

“It is just one of those things we have got to keep working on in the training ground.”

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