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Sat 26 Aug 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 82

Tilbury Suffer Defeat to Romford

Romford 4 Tilbury 1 Att 82 (Report with thanks to Danny Rust (Thurrock Gazette)

TILBURY could not make it two consecutive Isthmian North wins as they fell to a 4-1 defeat at Romford.

The Dockers went into the clash after advancing to the FA Cup first qualifying round last time out and coming from behind to beat Canvey Island in their last Isthmian North encounter, but Luke Hornsley’s goal just before the break was not enough for Tilbury, as a Jonathan Nzengo brace, along with goals from Ben Clarke and Chris Taylor, resulted in Gary Henty’s side leaving Ship Lane with nothing to show for their efforts.

The Dockers got off to a bright start and Romford found it difficult to get out of their own half inside the opening 10 minutes.
Bryan Kyungu and Ryan Melaugh both had shots from just outside the penalty area charged down as Henty’s charges went in search of an early opener.
However, the home side managed to deal with Tilbury’s early threat going forward and Romford’s frontline began to fashion some opportunities for themselves.
Nzengo attacked the Tilbury backline at pace and although he managed to get past Kyan Gulliver, his shot went just wide of the far post.
But on the 15 minute mark, Nzengo broke the deadlock against the run of play. The attacker found a yard of space inside the Tilbury penalty area and sent a low strike into the far corner of the net, giving Dockers goalkeeper Clarke Bogard no chance.
But the visitors quickly went in search of an equaliser and Adam Vyse forced a good save out of Romford goalkeeper Steven Reynolds, with his long-range effort destined for the bottom corner.
Nzengo came close to doubling Romford’s lead just before the half hour mark as the pacy striker latched onto a Ryan Burt Allen free kick. But Bogard was quick off his line and saved at the feet of Nzengo.

After Tilbury’s Joe Turpin broke forward from defence and had a shot charged down, the ball fell to Vyse. But the striker’s attempt was sent high and wide of the target.
However, the Dockers’ fully deserved equaliser did finally come just a minute before half-time.
Melaugh sent a low drive goalwards, but Reynolds could only push the effort towards Hornsley and the striker converted the rebound.
Romford got off to a good start following the interval, and Hugo Atkinson sent his strike inches wide of the far post after a marauding run from full-back.
But following Atkinson’s effort, Tilbury continued where they left off and continued to dominate proceedings.
Just over five minutes after the break, Vyse forced a good save out of Reynolds before half-time substitute Kurt Smith saw his rebound blocked.
Moments later, Vyse pounced on a loose Romford throw-in and the striker, who signed from Great Wakering Rovers in the summer, sent his 25-yard shot just wide.
And once again, Tilbury were made to pay for their missed opportunities as Romford broke and went ahead 10 minutes after half-time. Clarke was played through on goal by Jamie Dicks, and the striker rounded Bogard before tapping into an empty net.
Almost immediately after falling behind for a second time, the Dockers came within a whisker of getting back on level terms but were denied by the post from a Melaugh effort. .
Jonathan Adebayo came close to doubling Romford’s lead as he took the ball off Nzengo before a few stepovers caught out two Tilbury defenders. But the attacking midfielder saw both his initial effort and the rebound blocked.

However, Romford were to grab their third goal with 70 minutes on the clock, as Nzengo poked home from close range to notch his second of the afternoon.
And Romford added a fourth inside the final 10 minutes as good play from Adebayo put Dicks in down the right hand side. His effort from an acute angle was pushed out by Bogard, but his parry hit Taylor and found the back of the net to consign Tilbury to a heavy defeat.

The Dockers are back in action against Brentwood Town on Monday.

Tilbury: Bogard, Salami, Gulliver (K Smith 46’), Jaggs (Pullen 72’), Turpin, Kyungu, Aiken, Carlile, Vyse, Hornsley (Martin 79’), Melaugh

Unused subs: Singh and Salako

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Ryan Melaugh

Player of the Match

Ryan Melaugh

Key moments

Goal Luke Hornsley scores for Tilbury


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90:00 Player of the Match
Ryan Melaugh is awarded player of the match for Tilbury
79:00 Sub On
Tony Martin is substituted on for Tilbury
79:00 Sub Off
Luke Hornsley is substituted off for Tilbury
72:00 Sub Off
Lewis Jaggs is substituted off for Tilbury
72:00 Sub On
George Pullen is substituted on for Tilbury
46:00 Sub Off
Kyan Gulliver is substituted off for Tilbury
46:00 Sub On
Kurt Smith is substituted on for Tilbury
End of period 1
44:00 Assist
Ryan Melaugh makes an assist for Tilbury
44:00 Goal 0 - 1
Luke Hornsley scores for Tilbury
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Romford
  • Tilbury
  • 0
  • Ryan Melaugh Assist 44:00'
  • Luke Hornsley Goal 44:00'
  • Kyan Gulliver Sub Off 46:00'
  • Kurt Smith Sub On 46:00'
  • Lewis Jaggs Sub Off 72:00'
  • George Pullen Sub On 72:00'
  • Tony Martin Sub On 79:00'
  • Luke Hornsley Sub Off 79:00'

Team selection

Bogard, Clarke Bogard, Clarke
Salami, Abdus Salami, Abdus
Gulliver, Kyan Gulliver, Kyan
Jaggs, Lewis Jaggs, Lewis
Turpin, Joe Turpin, Joe
Kyungu, Bryan Kyungu, Bryan
Aiken, Emiel Aiken, Emiel
Carlile , Jack Carlile , Jack
Vyse, Adam Vyse, Adam
Hornsley , Luke Hornsley , Luke
Melaugh, Ryan Melaugh, Ryan

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
15. Hertford Town 46 57
16. Grays Athletic 46 56
17. Tilbury 46 56
18. Waltham Abbey 46 49
19. Cheshunt 46 49
20. Ware 46 48
21. Brentwood Town 46 46

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