Paul Tandy Reports
The Dockers drew 1-1 with Great Wakering Rovers on Saturday, Tilbury were unlucky not to taken all three points after having a goal disallowed for offside in the last few minutes of the game.
Rover’s keeper the experienced 30 year old Richard Mckinney making his presence felt by making some accomplished saves to keep his side in the game.
Chester’s men started spritely and looked the more attacking of the two sides, however it was the hosts that took the lead in the 29th minute after an own goal by Rickie Hayles which deflected off the defenders toe and into the net after a Jimmy Webb cross.
The Dockers keeper Andy Hall hardly tested throughout the game pulled off a remarkable save late in the first half that prevented the Rover’s extending their lead.
The Dockers equalised in the 42nd minute, a Dockers corner resulted in the ball being handled in the Rovers box by Matt Toms, match official Carl Fitch not hesitating as he pointed to the spot. Joe Keith steps up to power drive the ball into the net to level the score 1-1.
The second half and the Dockers continued to pressure the Rovers defence, Kayan Kalipha and Joel Barnett teaming up well in attack pressed for a winner and the Dockers thought they had secured the 3 points when Joel Barnett playing his first game for the Dockers looked to have beat the offside trap after a fabulous through ball by Christian Wheeler leaving the bustling striker to slide the ball under the advancing keeper, however, the match official chalking off the goal leaving the final score 1-1 and the Dockers once more feeling the frustration.
The hosts were naturally delighted to take the point and keep their unbeaten home recorded in the league intact. Tilbury’s boss Graham Chester looked puzzled at the end of the game he said “My lads were simply terrific again today. We dominate so much of the game without getting our just deserts. I happy with the current squad and its will be just a matter of time before things start to click into place”