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Dockers show Suffolk punch in friendly victory

By Anthony Mercer | Saturday 30th July 2011


Tilbury made there second trip in a week to Suffolk and on this occasion came away with a well deserved victory.

Played in delightful surroundings of Hadleigh on a good pitch played in beautiful conditions, Tilbury were missing a few key players, giving the management a chance to cast their eyes over a couple of youngsters.

The hosts came at Tilbury from the off and hit the side netting after only 2 minutes. On 10 James Marrable was called into action when he made an excellent save from a 20 yard effort.

On 15 Tilbury had 2 good shouts for penalties, but were denied. This did spur the visitors and a good run down the left by Bradley Barnes saw him cross to Emiel Aiken to head home unmarked. Both sides continued to play some good football, with Hadleigh going close on 32. On the half time whistle Aiken had the ball in the net again, but on this occasion was ruled out for offside.

On the hour both Sam and Jack West had efforts to extend the lead, but were well saved. On 67 Aaron Matthews ran into the box and seemed to be tripped, the referee was in no doubt to award a penalty. Jack West slotted home to the keepers left.

Both sides then made substitutions, but this inspired Tilbury who continued to dominate and play some excellent football. On 73 the effective Aiken played the ball through to Kevin Malthouse who ran through to finish and give the visitors a well deserved 3-0 lead. On 81 Jack West was again denied by a fine save. In the final seconds of the game James Marrable made a great save and help his side to a clean sheet.

After the game a delighted manager Paul Vaughan commented “We looked strong as a squad, we had key players out but the 2 trialists have given me plenty to think about”

Tilbury are next up at Southchurch Park on Tuesday 2nd August when they travel to Southend Manor 7.45pm kick off.


Marriable, Mead (Bostry 59), Walters (Matthews 54), Nightingill (Dickinson 54), S West, Good, Malthouse, Skerritt, Aiken (J West 46), Medine (Aiken 65), Barnes


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