WHEN Brentwood and Enfield were given their fixture list they must have been delighted to have seen Tilbury in the first week.
The managers of the respective clubs, having both been over-powered by the Dockers must be wondering what has happened.
What happened was a good pre-season and a touch of tactical nouse has brought Paul Vaughan’s men to the top of the table. It is important not to get carried away (Carlisle 1974 anyone) but Paul Vaughan is enjoying the first week.
Tilbury were infact 1-0 down at half time but by then Enfield were a man down.
On the half time break, a late tackle from Leon Osei on Kevin Malthouse resulted in a red card. There was a six minute delay before Malthouse was carried off to hospital.
The first 10 minutes of the second half was a close affair and resulted in Tilbury manager making two substitutions and within five minutes it paid off.
Four second half goals doesn’t really tell the whole story. Henty scored in the 62nd minute; Enfield equalised in the 76th. Tilbury made it 3-2 in the 83rd when Bradley Barnes went into the box and was adjudged to be tackled unfairly and the referee pointed to the spot. Jack West scored.
With referee indicating three minutes of added time, Enfield were awarded a corner. From the corner the ball struck the bar, before Matata was brought down and this time referee awarded a spot kick to Enfield Town.
The same player stepped up to make it 3-3. With everyone in the ground then expecting the final whistle, the game continued and 2 minutes later, Bansende made room down the right hand side, crossed and Gary Henty from 35 yards rifled in off the crossbar with a stunning effort to steal the game 4-3. The referee blew up shortly after, to the delight of the Tilbury players and to the disappointment of the majority of the 172 in attendance.
After the game, Paul Vaughan said: “In many ways it was the same as Saturday. We worked hard and as a unit.
“The grass was quite long and the ball fizzed about. We changed our shape and adapted to the circumstances.
“We are not getting carried away but it is still a nice feeling to see the league table and see Tilbury at the top.
The Dockers now travel AFC Sudbury on Saturday 3.00pm kick off.
Marrable, Mead, Husnu (Matthews 57), King, S West, Henty, Malthouse (Bansende 45), Good (J West 57), Aiken, Medine, Barnes
Taylor and Crowther