Bostik North: Romford 2 Tilbury 1
PUBLISHED: 07:34 29 August 2018 | UPDATED: 07:34 29 August 2018
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Romford took over at the top of the Bostik North table with victory over the Dockers on Tuesday night.
Only three minutes had been played at East Thurrock’s Rookery Hill ground when Boro opened the scoring through Roddy Lemba.
It was a fourth goal in as many games for Lemba, who fired into the bottom corner of the net, but he was forced to go off with an injury soon after.
The visitors applied pressure for most of the first half, but Paul Martin’s men held firm and doubled their lead early in the second period.
Debutant Khadean Campbell raced clear but was dragged back in the box to earn a penalty, which Max Bolton stepped up to convert.
Tilbury hit back on the hour mark through Siju Odelusi from close range, after Rhys Hughes had saved an initial effort, and forced Boro to defend in numbers as they searched for an equaliser.
But the new back four of Nathan Joseph, Nathan Okoye, George Forrest and Bolton held firm to protect the one-goal lead in front of a crowd of 133 and earn Romford their second win in three unbeaten outings.
It took Martin’s men until November 18 to reach seven points last season, after a 2-2 draw at Dereham in their 16th game of the campaign.
And they will hope for more success when they make the short trip to local rivals Barking on Saturday.
Players took to social media to celebrate, with Forrest posting: “Massive win tonight, another 90 minutes for @RomfordFC let’s keep this going boys!”
Campbell added: “Finally finally made my debut for @RomfordFC after being out injuryed, taking that as an assist with winning the penalty and we grab 3 points! Loveeee it!!”
Lemba tweeted: “Very devastated to pick up an injury early on in the game after a great start. Hopefully it’s not as serious as it looks and I can be back playing as quickly as possible.
“On the plus side very delighted to get all 3 points and to be sitting top of the table unbeaten & to score my 4th goal in as many games @RomfordFC #R9 #CoatsandGoalposts.”
Romford: Hughes, Nzengo, Barlow, Okoye, Forrest, Cossington, Taylor, Akpele, Lemba (Campbell 15), Bolton (Joseph 68), Jones (Igbineweka 78). Unused sub: S Reynolds.