Bostik North: Romford 4 Tilbury 1
PUBLISHED: 18:04 26 August 2017
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Boro made it back-to-back wins to give themselves a boost ahead of their Bank Holiday meeting with Hornchurch.
Buoyed by their FA Cup replay win over Stowmarket Town in midweek, which earned a home tie against the Urchins next month, Paul Martin’s men enjoyed a rare triumph over bogey team Tilbury.
The visitors began well, with Bryan Kyungu and Ryan Melaugh having shots charged down in the opening minutes.
But Boro saw Jonathan Nzengo fire just wide at the other end, before breaking the deadlock on the quarter-hour mark as he found space inside the box and saw his low shot find the far corner of the net.
Dockers rallied and Adam Vyse called Stephen Reynolds into action from distance, but Nzengo then latched on to Ryan Burt Allen’s pass and saw Clarke Bogard smother at his feet.
Vyse was off-target for Tilbury, but they drew level just before the break when Reynolds pushed out Melaugh’s shot and Luke Hornsley gobbled up the rebound.
Romford made a good start after the restart, with Hugo Atkinson driving a shot wide after a good run.
But Reynolds had to save well from Vyse and former Boro striker Kurt Smith had an effort blocked.
Vyse fired wide from 25 yards before Boro regained their lead on 55 minutes as Ben Clarke ran on to a Jamie Dicks pass and rounded Bogard before slotting home.
Dockers were denied by the post, while Jonathan Adebayo saw two attempts blocked, but Boro went 3-1 up on 70 minutes as Nzengo poked home from close range.
And the home side added a fourth late on when Adebayo sent Dicks into space and when his shot was pushed out by Bogard, Chris Taylor was following up to bundle the ball home.
Romford: S Reynolds, Burt Allen, Atkinson, Cossington, Vickers, Dicks, Adebayo, Brown (Giwa 69), Taylor, Clarke (Modeste 80), Nzengo (Jeakins 81). Unused subs; Ishmail, Martin.