Romford angry at late loss

PUBLISHED: 10:39 18 January 2015

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

Romford manager Paul Martin (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

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Ryman North: Tilbury 1 Romford 0

Aaron Omand was back in goal for Romford at Tilbury (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)Aaron Omand was back in goal for Romford at Tilbury (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

Romford were left empty-handed after a controversial late winner for Dockers at Chadfields.

Paul Clayton was penalised for a foul in the 80th minute and, while Boro’s record appearance holder and captain Jack Barry were being spoken to by the referee, the home side took a quick free-kick that found the unmarked Emiel Aiken to claim the only goal of the game.

The visitors were left furious, having dominated the first half and seen Eddie Hart denied by a fantastic stop in the opening minute.

Barry and recent recruit Loui Hazelwood were also denied in the early exchanges, before Hazelwood saw a low cross deflect off a Tilbury defender into the grateful keeper’s arms.

Hart volleyed just over from an Abs Seymour corner on 20 minutes, but Dockers slightly edged the second half play, without seriously testing the returning Aaron Omand.

It was not until the 64th minute that Omand had to make a sav of note, while Hazelwood had another effort cleared off the line at the other end.

Hart had a great chance to break the deadlock on 74 minutes but, having raced through, he looked for a team-mate to pass to instead of going it alone and the opportunity went begging.

The decisive moment came six minutes later when Clayton conceded the vital free-kick, which Tilbury took quickly to set up Aiken.

Boro slipped closer to the relegation zone as a result of their defeat and Redbridge’s win over Chatham and they meet the Motormen in a crunch clash at Oakside next Saturday.

Tilbury: Giddens, Webb, Cook, Nightingill, Smith, Game, Wood (Flack 76), Carlile, Richmond, Martin (Babalola), Aiken. Unused subs: Babalola, Johnson, Daniel, Henty.

Romford: Omand, Norris, Hayes (Reynolds 81), J Barry, Clayton, Cocklin, Kemp (Dicks 83), Seymour, Hart, Hazlewood, Ibe (Tranter 75). Unused sub: Ishmail.

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