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Romford run ended by Dockers

PUBLISHED: 08:56 02 April 2017 | UPDATED: 09:08 03 April 2017

Romford goalkeeper Callum Chafer (centre) saved two penalties in a losing cause at Tilbury (pic Steve Gardener)

Romford goalkeeper Callum Chafer (centre) saved two penalties in a losing cause at Tilbury (pic Steve Gardener)

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Romford keeper Callum Chafer saved two penalties but could not prevent his side falling to a last-minute Ryman North defeat at bogey ground Chadfields.

Boro were looking to extend a five-match unbeaten run, following their 1-0 win over Bury Town a week earlier, but found themselves behind with only six minutes gone in their mid-table battle as Emiel Aiken headed Kurt Smith’s cross home for the Dockers.

Paul Martin’s men rallied and saw Chris Taylor fire just over the crossbar after a decent passing move.

But the visitors were left fuming when Dockers were awarded their first penalty in the second half, after what looked to be an innocuous collision, only to see Chafer keep out the spot-kick with a stunning low save.

Boro were back on terms on the hour mark when Greg Akpele started a move that involved Ayo Olukoga and Abdeen Abdul, before pouncing on a loose ball in the box to score from close range.

Chinedu McKenzie then fired just wide after cutting inside from the left and although he found the net soon after Boro’s leading scorer saw the goal ruled out for offside.

Having weathered the storm, the Dockers then regained the lead late on when a low cross from the left found substitute Michael Salako, who fired home via the crossbar.

And as Boro broke forward looking for a late leveller, the home side were awarded a second penalty for handball, which was also hotly disputed, but Chafer guessed right once more to make the save and deny Kurt Smith.

Tilbury leapfrogged Martin’s men into 13th place as a result of their win and Chafer tweeted: “Tough loss to take, we were much the better side. 2 penalty saves softens the blow though.”

Romford travel to champions-elect Brightlingsea Regent next weekend, who have a nine-point lead over Maldon with four matches remaining.

Romford: Chafer, Boswell, Marfo, Parrish, Potter, Ishmail (Browne-Sykes 82), Olykoga, Akpele, McKenzie, Taylor, Abdul. Unused subs: Coe, Green, Wray.

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