TILBURY considered themselves unlucky to be beaten at Maldon, where Ollie Berquez, earned the ten-man home side the Ryman One North points with a 78th-minute spot-kick, just two minutes after Aaron Matthews wiped out Joe Sweeney’s first-half goal for the hosts.
Both teams started the game with a fast tempo without either creating a clear cut chance.
On 38 minutes, Maldon took the lead as Sweeney turned 25 yards from goal and curled a shot past the impressive James Marrable in the Tilbury goal.
In the second half, Tilbury looked more dominant, going forward. Maldon’s task got harder on 65 minutes when centre back Grant Cooper made a rash challenge on Tilbury winger Harry Cook and was sent off.
Seven minutes later the scores were level as a switch ball by sub Conor Mead found its way to left back Aaron Matthews on the edge of the area and he fired home.
As Tilbury pushed on against the ten men, a long clearance found Sweeney who was fouled on the edge of the box, from the resulting free-kick the referee spotted a handball, to give Maldon a controversial penalty, which was dispatched by Berquez.