Dockers in hard fought draw

AFC Sudbury 2, Tilbury 2
TILBURY earned a hard earned draw at Ryman One favourites AFC Sudbury on Saturday, twice leading but in the end settling for a point.
The first half was goalless, but not without chances with Sudbury having the ball in the net after three minutes, only for it to be ruled out for offside, and then Dave Wareham and Michael Shinn went close.
Tilbury saw Emiel Aiken and Gary Henty threaten to break the deadlock though he best opportunity of the half fell to Sudbury’s James Baker just before the break but he who fired over from six yards.
Dockers came out strong after the break and took the lead on 50 minutes when Emile Aiken was played into the box and crossed for Bradley Barnes to smash home. Within four minutes it was level when good work by the excellent David Emmanuel played in Richard Howell who shot low into the net.
On the hour Tilbury had a succession of corners and eventually the pressure paid off. Kevin Malthouse’s corner was met bravely by Paul King who headed home in between bodies. Tilbury held onto the lead for nine minutes, when again Howell scored from a good through ball.
In the remaining 20 minutes, the game was played in the midfield and neither side could break down the stubborn defence of the other.

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