Tilbury 3 Biggleswade United 1
Tilbury made heavy weather against a spirited Spartan South Midlands side Biggleswade United and progressed to the 1st qualifying round where they entertain Arseley Town.
Biggleswade shocked Tilbury when Luke Jones got behind Tilbury’s defence to score inside three minutes, with the home side still in the dressing room.
It took Tilbury 21 minutes to get back into the tie when Aaron Matthews played in Emiel Aiken behind the Biggleswade defence to chip over the goal keeper to level the scores. Kevin Malthouse went close five minutes later but hit wide. Right on the half time whistle, Matthews went in to the box and was tripped, leaving the referee no choice but to award a penalty. Centre-Half Sam West scored to the keeper’s right.
Tilbury laid siege on there opponents for a 20 minute period, before the excellent Kevin Malthouse headed home from a cross from the left by Matthews. Malthouse should have scored seconds later when another header struck the bar from an Aiken cross.
The home side took control of the game and had chances in the last 10 minutes to put the game out of reach when Medine, Good and Jack west went close.
After the game, Tilbury Manager Paul Vaughan said: “I am pleased that we had made it through, but we could have played better on the day”
The Dockers now return to league action next Saturday, when they travel to Leiston 3pm.
Marrable, Mead, Matthews (Bansende 67), KIng (Nightingill 71), S. West, Henty, Malthouse, Good, Aiken, Medine (J.West 58), Barnes
Subs not used Driscoll, Skerritt, Cook, Webb