Tilbury welcomed Canvey Island based – Concord Rangers FC to Chadfields on Saturday. The visitors with no less than three ex-Tilbury players in their starting eleven, Kayan Kalipha, Paul Shave and the talented Michael Begg from last season’s successful Tilbury side.
Dockers boss Graham Chester with selection concerns ahead of the game, regular defender Daniel Smith not available, Chris Stowe carrying an injury and are ruled out, Nathan Gordon recovering from a hamstring is named on the bench but unlikely to take part.
The game kicked off in the bright spring sunshine, it was the Dockers that showed their intentions first, in the 6th minute, the experienced Lee Hodges did well to bring a high ball under control and almost in one smooth sweeping movement – tried a looping effort from 25 yards, and can only watch in anguish as the ball dropped into the top netting of the Concord goal.
Twenty minutes in and the game became a midfield tussle. The Dockers had more of the possession without really threatening the visitor’s goal.
Twenty three minutes into the game and Concord score. Paul Shave found space down the right hand-side, as he swung the ball into the box and to the feet of Kayan Kalipha, Kalipha with his back to goal, turned his defender and picked his spot into the far corner of the net, 1-0 to Concord.
The game continued to be battled in midfield, neither side threatened as the game rolls into the break.
Into the second period and once again the Dockers have much of the possession, but failed to breakdown a solid wall of yellow shirt’s.
64 minutes gone and the Dockers pull level from a corner kick taken by Joe Keith. Jarred Small looked for the short ball, at the same time took two Concord defenders out with him, Keith then decided to loop the ball into the box, Paul Shave tried to connect by the ball spins off the legs of Concord’s substitute Liam Hopkins and into the net, 1-1.
Another clumsy challenge by Paul Shave, who was already on a yellow card, gives the Dockers a free kick 30 yards out from the Concord goal, the kick quickly taken, resulted in a long range effort by Lee Hodges which sails inches just over the bar.
Concord look quick on the counter, Danny Heal up front for the visitors always a threat, as he nods just wide of the post.
77 minutes and Tilbury made their second substitute, Lee Hodges off for Bradley Barnes.
As the game ticked into injury time, the Dockers finished the game the stronger of the two sides and were unlucky not to steal all three points, after the ball was driven in to the box and across goal, a sliding effort by Joel Barnett who was only inches away from connecting from close range in the 6 yard area.
The game well marshaled by the experienced match official Mr. Baker, a weaker referee would have struggled to contain two highly committed teams that were both going for the win.
The Dockers next game is at home to league leaders Lowestoft Town on Thursday 11th March – kick off at 7:45pm.
Man of the Match
Jamie Wallace – Tilbury’s Captain and an inspiration.
Tilbury : Andy Hall, Joe Keith, Glen Golby, Jamie Wallace (Capt), Donny Barnard, Chris Taylor, Christian Wheeler, Lee Hodges, Manlee Brown, Jarred Small, Ben Bradbury, Substitutes, Nathan Gordon, Joel Barnett, Bradley Barnes, Chris Nwosu, Andy Gibbs.
Concord Rangers : Dale Brightly, Ashley Miller, Danny Glazier, Paul Shave, John Easterford, Steve King, Michael Begg, Nicky Cowley (Capt),Kayan Kalipha, Danny Heal, Dave Collins, Substitutes, Liam Hopkins, Taylor Sinfield, Lee Williams, Joao Carlos, Jake Buckfield.
Referee: Mr N. Baker
1st Assistant: Mr J. Macey
2nd Assistant: Mr G. Marley