Romford do double over Dockers

Kurt Smith of Romford challenges Tilbury's Joe Nightingill (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Kurt Smith of Romford challenges Tilbury's Joe Nightingill (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO) - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Ryman Div 1N: Romford 2 Tilbury 1

George Woodward’s first goal for Romford enabled them to complete a quickfire double over the Dockers last night.

Substitute Andre Gumbs had earned Paul Martin’s men a 2-1 win at Chadfields on Bank Holiday Monday, with an 85th-minute effort.

And Boro’s bench produced the goods again at Ship Lane, although Woodward left it even later as he clinched the points with only two minutes of normal time remaining.

A fourth victory in five outings lifted Romford up to ninth place on 53 points, with five matches still to play.

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And they will head to Potters Bar in high spirits on Saturday.

Lewis Francis, Kurt Smith and Abs Seymour all had early efforts blocked, before Ben Jones teed up Seymour on 14 minutes for a hard shot at James Marrable.

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The visitors were off-target with a couple of attempts at the other end before Boro had a goal ruled out on the half hour mark.

A high free kick by Joe Oates was fumbled by Marrable and captain Jack Barry headed home, only to see the effort chalked off.

Smith was denied by a last-ditch challenge from Rimmel Daniel, who was booked along with Jones after a confrontation shortly before the break.

And Boro went close again on 50 minutes when a low cross from Francis just eluded Smith and Seymour.

Aaron Omand was called upon to tip a fierce free kick wide, before Michael Sammut charged upfield and found Smith and his cross was poked home by Francis on 53 minutes.

Dockers levelled with 19 minutes left through an acrobatic Joe Nightingill strike before Martin sent on Woodward, Aime Blessing and Nick Reynolds in a triple substitution.

Omand made another good save to thwart Tilbury before Blessing won a corner and Seymour delivered for Woodward to power home an unstoppable header for the winner.

Romford: Omand, Ottley, Oates, Barry, Dicks, Clayton, Sammut, Seymour, Smith (Reynolds 80), Jones (Woodward 80), Francis (Blessing 80).

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