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Romford
Tilbury
R LEMBA (3'), M BOLTON (54' Pen)
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Tue 28 Aug 19:45 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 133

ROMFORD 2 (1) - (0) 1 Tilbury Attendance 133 - Rookery Hill

Romford moved to the top of the league with a hard fought victory against Tilbury.

With injuries from Sunday taking their toll, the Boro were forced into three changes from the team that won their FA Cup game. It was still the hosts who started brightly and took the lead in the third minute when keeper Rhys HUGHES spotted full back Jonathan NZENGO free down the right and he in turn found Rodney LEMBA who held off his man before firing the ball home via a slight deflection. Hughes kept Tilbury at bay just a few minutes later, saving a header before a nasty challenge on Lemba went unpunished forcing the big man to leave the pitch with suspected ligament damage. A long kick forward from the Tilbury keeper nearly caught Romford sleeping as a forward raced into the penalty area and rounded keeper Hughes but the defenders did well to get back and managed to block the shot on the line and then clear the ball. Hughes again was called into action in the sixteenth minute producing a fantastic flying save to deny the Tilbury winger before Rofmord could have doubled their lead with Danny COSSINGTON unable to turn in Nzengo’s low cross. Both teams battled out the first half without causing any problems to each others goal until deep into first half injury time when Tilbury won a free kick that looked to be heading into the top corner until Hughes acrobatically tipped it away.

Romford once again started the second half quick and on the front foot. Danny Jones’s low shot was saved and from the resulting corner Nzengo’s ball in nearly sneaked inside the near post. In the fiftieth minute Romford produced the move of the match with some slick passing as Greg AKPELE slipped in Khadean CAMPBELL but his cross was just too far in front of Chris TAYLOR who could only poke the ball wide when stretching. Three minutes later and Romford had a penalty when Campbell raced clear and was rugby tackled to the ground. Despite no attempt to play the ball the Tilbury defender not only escaped a red card but also any punishment whatsoever. Youngster Max BOLTON kept his nerve to bury the ball low into the back of the net.

Tilbury grabbed a goal back on the hour when Siju Odelusi turned the ball in after Hughes saved a low shot and it was the Romford keeper again making two more excellent saves to keep the Dockers at bay. In injury time Tilbury produced a good move but once again Hughes was alert and saved the danger giving Boro all three points and moved them unexpectedly to the top of the table after last season's narrow escape from relegation.

ROMFORD (1) 2 Rodney LEMBA 3, Max BOLTON 54 PEN,
TILBURY (0) 1 ODELUSI 60

ROMFORD: Rhys HUGHES, Jonathan NZENGO, Toby BARLOW, George FORREST, Nathan OKOYE, Danny COSSINGTON, Chris TAYLOR, Greg AKPELE, Rodney LEMBA (Khadean CAMPBELL 15), Max BOLTON (Nathan JOSEPH 68), DANNY JONES (Golden IGBINEWEKA 78) SUBS NOT USED TAYLOR TOMBIDES & STEPHEN REYNOLDS

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Key moments

3:00
Goal Rodney LEMBA scores for Romford
54:00
Scored Penalty Max BOLTON scores a penalty for Romford

Highlights

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78:00 Sub On
Golden IGBINEWEKA is substituted on for Romford
78:00 Sub Off
Daniel JONES is substituted off for Romford
68:00 Sub Off
Max BOLTON is substituted off for Romford
68:00 Sub On
Nathan JOSEPH is substituted on for Romford
58:00 Yellow Card
Rhys HUGHES is yellow carded for Romford
54:00 Scored Penalty 2 - 0
Max BOLTON scores a penalty for Romford
54:00 Assist
Khadean CAMPBELL makes an assist for Romford
End of period 1
42:00 Yellow Card
Chris TAYLOR is yellow carded for Romford
15:00 Sub On
Khadean CAMPBELL is substituted on for Romford
15:00 Sub Off
Rodney LEMBA is substituted off for Romford
3:00 Assist
Jonathan NZENGO makes an assist for Romford
3:00 Goal 1 - 0
Rodney LEMBA scores for Romford
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As it happened

  • Romford
  • Tilbury
  • 0
  • Jonathan NZENGO Assist 3:00'
  • Rodney LEMBA Goal 3:00'
  • Khadean CAMPBELL Sub On 15:00'
  • Rodney LEMBA Sub Off 15:00'
  • Chris TAYLOR Yellow Card 42:00'
  • Max BOLTON Scored Penalty 54:00'
  • Khadean CAMPBELL Assist 54:00'
  • Rhys HUGHES Yellow Card 58:00'
  • Max BOLTON Sub Off 68:00'
  • Nathan JOSEPH Sub On 68:00'
  • Daniel JONES Sub Off 78:00'
  • Golden IGBINEWEKA Sub On 78:00'

Team selection

HUGHES, Rhys HUGHES, Rhys
NZENGO, Jonathan NZENGO, Jonathan
BARLOW, Toby BARLOW, Toby
BOLTON, Max BOLTON, Max
OKOYE, Nathan OKOYE, Nathan
FORREST, George FORREST, George
TAYLOR, Chris TAYLOR, Chris
COSSINGTON, Danny COSSINGTON, Danny
AKPELE, Greg AKPELE, Greg
JONES, Daniel JONES, Daniel
LEMBA, Rodney LEMBA, Rodney

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Basildon United 5 15
2. Aveley 6 13
3. Maldon & Tiptree 6 13
4. Felixstowe & Walton United 6 12
5. Bowers & Pitsea 5 11
6. Canvey Island 6 11
7. Romford 6 10

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