Ryman League Division One North
Saturday 28th November 2009
Tilbury travelled the short distance over to Brentwood on Saturday to face an in-form Brentwood Town.
The Dockers without key midfielder and proven goal scorer Ben Bradbury ruled out with a rib injury plus influential defender Rickie Hayles suspended for the game.
With Tilbury Boss Graham Chester away on business, the Dockers Assistant manager Tony Leary took the reins and selected the front paring of Manlee Brown and Joel Barnett up front after their dominating second half performance at Chadfield’s on Tuesday night against Harlow Town, which saw Joel Barnett come on and score two goals which secured a fabulous 4-1 win.
A strong Brentwood Town line-up saw the return of captain Steve Good back from injury, also Darren Blewitt and Richard Priest were also brought into the side, along with goalkeeper Jim Hasell retained his place in goal having recovered from a bout of food poisoning.
The game settled into a midfield tussle, Tilbury were first to show their intent with a Joe Keith 25 yard shot parried down well by keeper Jim Hasell.
Brentwood continue to pressure the Dockers defence, this time Brentwood’s Dee Okojie forced Andy Hall to make a good save to his right, Hall only clearing as far as Sweeney whose effort was once again smothered by Tilbury’s No1.
The second period and both teams pick up where they left off in the first period with the game being battled in midfield.
The Dockers changing tactics and bring on top goal scorer Kayan Kalipha on for Bradley Barnes.
Kalipha and Manlee Brown combining well and nearly open up the Brentwood defence, the ball driven long down left to Kalipha who slides the ball across goal to Brown, Brown then back heels the ball into the path Kalipha whose effort forces Hasell down low to palm the ball out for a Tilbury corner.
The Dockers press hard and try to sniff out a opener, Joel Barnett on a storming run from just inside his own half as skips past two blue shirts to release a long ball down the left hand-side to Kalipha, Kalipha sprints off down the left and just before the by-line whips in a pass across goal and into the path of Nathan Gordon who effort smashes inches over the Brentwood cross bar.
Tilbury continue to pressurise, Joe Keith releasing the lively Kalipha in on goal once more Kalipha tries a shot from 22 yards, Hasell once again down low to his left to palm the ball out for another Tilbury Corner.
The Dockers make two substitutes, Lee Hodges on for Donny Bernard and Chris Stowe on for Manlee Brown.
Brentwood have a flurry of chances late in the second period without really threatening the Dockers goal. As the clock ticks down Match official Mr Chris O’Donnell brings the game to a close.
A good defensive performance by both teams, a 0-0 draw on reflection was a fair result. The game played in the right spirit by both teams and was well officiated by Mr O’Donnell and his able assistants Mr Anscomb and Mr Wilkinson.
Man of the Match
Joe Keith – Dependable Defender.
Brentwood Town : Jim Hasell, Donovan Wilson, Danny Glozier, Reiss Noel, Darren Blewitt, Steve Good (Capt), Dee Okojie, Ross Parmenter, Joe Sweeney, Petrit Elbi, Richard Priest, Substitutes, Gary Henty, Jack Carlile, George Lay, Bradley Joseph, Nick Payne.
Tilbury : Andy Hall, Danny Smith, Joe Keith, Jamie Wallace (Capt), Glen Golby, Donny Barnard, Nathan Gordon, Christian Wheeler, Joel Barnett, Manlee Brown, Bradley Barnes, Substitutes, Kayan Kalipha, Chris Stowe, Lee Hodges, Andy Gibb.
Referee: Mr C. O’Donnell
1st Assistant: Mr S. Anscomb
2nd Assistant: Mr P. Wilkinson