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Tilbury
Romford
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D COSSINGTON (32')
Wed 26 Dec 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 201

Tilbury 4 (3) - (1) 1 ROMFORD Attendance 201 - Chadfields

Despite a good start, Romford could not recover from conceding three goals in nine minutes shortly before half time as they fell to another defeat.

Back in September Tilbury had been in the relegation zone, but since then a change in management and some new signings had seen them climb the table. They also included in their starting line up ex-Boro men Ryan Boswell and Kris Newby. In contrast Romford's good early season results now seem a distant memory as their bad run continues, but for most of the first half they were the better team with Nick REYNOLDS twice and Roddy Lemba going close. However the defensive frailties continue and after 29 minutes Tilbury's first attack of real note resulted in a low right wing cross finding Ollie Spooner unmarked in the box with time to place his shot past Harry ALDRIDGE. But the lead was to last for only 3 minutes as Reece HEWITT's left wing corner took a slight touch off a defender's head and straight into the path of the onrushing Danny COSSINGTON who powered his header home.

Under the circumstances Romford would have been happy to go into the break level pegging, but they conceded again after 37 minutes as a long ball was collected by Lewis Smith, who was unmarked on the left of the box and he quickly swivelled and hit his shot home in one movement. And the goal rush continued a minute later when the third member of Tilbury's formidable strike force, George Sykes went on a powerful run down the left and cut inside to score past the stunned Boro defence. Even then there was still time for both teams to nearly score again before half time with Ayo OLUKOGA forcing Tilbury keeper Rhys Madden into a good save and Cossington blocking a shot on the line.

The second half began, with this time the home side making the early running and Aldridge kept Romford in the game on a couple of occasions, but they were then thrown a lifeline on 55 minutes as Madden came out and clumsily floored Malaki TOUSSAINT in the box when there seemed to be little danger. Roddy Lemba stepped up for the penalty but his low shot lacked power and allowed Madden to redeem himself. For the rest of the game Boro enjoyed plenty of possession and fashioned some decent chances but in truth it was Tilbury who looked more likely to increase their lead and although Aldridge denied them on a number of occasions he was unable to stop Smith bagging his second goal with a good run and finish after 74 minutes. Toussaint and Kurt SMITH tested Madden with good efforts towards the end but defeat for Romford now leaves them only just clear of the two relegation spots.

Tilbury (3) 4 Spooner 29, Smith 37 ,74 Sykes 39
Romford (1) 1 Danny COSSINGTON 32

Romford: Harry ALDRIDGE, Ayo OLUKOGA, Reece HEWITT, Chris TAYLOR, Danny NESBITT (Nathan JOSEPH 46), Danny COSSINGTON (C), Malaki TOUSSAINT, Max BRADFORD, Nick REYNOLDS (Harry DALY 73), Roddy Lemba, Max BOLTON (Kurt SMITH 53)
Unused Sub: Henry Fisher

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Key moments

32:00
Goal Danny COSSINGTON scores for Romford

Highlights

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73:00 Sub On
Harry DALY is substituted on for Romford
73:00 Sub Off
Nick REYNOLDS is substituted off for Romford
55:00 Missed Penalty
Rodney LEMBA misses a penalty for Romford
53:00 Sub Off
Max BOLTON is substituted off for Romford
53:00 Sub On
Kurt SMITH is substituted on for Romford
46:00 Sub Off
Danny NESBITT is substituted off for Romford
46:00 Sub On
Nathan JOSEPH is substituted on for Romford
End of period 1
32:00 Goal 0 - 1
Danny COSSINGTON scores for Romford
32:00 Assist
Reece HEWITT makes an assist for Romford
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  • Tilbury
  • Romford
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  • Danny COSSINGTON Goal 32:00'
  • Reece HEWITT Assist 32:00'
  • Danny NESBITT Sub Off 46:00'
  • Nathan JOSEPH Sub On 46:00'
  • Max BOLTON Sub Off 53:00'
  • Kurt SMITH Sub On 53:00'
  • Rodney LEMBA Missed Penalty 55:00'
  • Nick REYNOLDS Sub Off 73:00'
  • Harry DALY Sub On 73:00'

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ALDRIDGE, Harry ALDRIDGE, Harry
OLUKOGA, Ayo OLUKOGA, Ayo
NESBITT, Danny NESBITT, Danny
BOLTON, Max BOLTON, Max
COSSINGTON, Danny COSSINGTON, Danny
HEWITT, Reece HEWITT, Reece
BRADFORD, Max BRADFORD, Max
TOUSSAINT, Malaki TOUSSAINT, Malaki
LEMBA, Rodney LEMBA, Rodney
REYNOLDS, Nick REYNOLDS, Nick
TAYLOR, Chris TAYLOR, Chris

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# Team Pl Pts
14. Felixstowe & Walton United 21 25
15. Great Wakering Rovers 21 22
16. Witham Town 21 22
17. Soham Town Rangers 21 19
18. Mildenhall Town 21 18
19. Romford 21 18
20. Dereham Town 21 14

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