Dockers beaten by Suffolk punch

Ryman Div One North

Leiston 3 v 0 Grays Ath

Tilbury came off second best in their long trip to Suffolk side Leiston on Saturday. With confidence high and spirits good, it took a blow just before kick off when Keeper James Marrable was ruled out of the game due to a injury in the warm up. Left back Aaron Matthews took over between the sticks.

Matthews was called upon after only 2 minutes when McGlone shot, he saved well, but the ball fell to Nathan Stone who slotted in to the empty net. The Dockers tried to get themselves back in to the game and on 14 came close. Bradley Barnes free-kick was headed on to the bar by Paul King with the keeper beaten. On 24 Matthews saved well, but from the resulting corner Joe Jefford tapped home unmarked from six yards. Within two minutes it was 3-0 when a long ball through from Calver was picked up by Lee McGlone who headed home.

Before the break, Tilbury had a very good shout for a penalty when the ball struck a home defender’s hand, but the referee waved away any protests.

Leiston came out for the second half and could have scored inside the first 2 minutes when Ottley-Gooch struck the post. Most the half was played in midfield, with little goal mouth action. In the final 9 minutes Heath could have extended the lead when he was played in, but hit just wide.

After the game, a disappointed Tilbury Manager Paul Vaughan commented “We lost to a well organised Leiston side, a better second half performance. We will get the boys up for the Heybridge Swifts game”

The Dockers now return to league action on Tuesday, when they entertain Heybridge Swifts 7.45pm.

Team: Matthews, Mead, (Bansende 46), Nightingill (J West 53), King, S. West, Henty, Malthouse, Skerritt (Ofoche 64), Aiken, Medine, Barnes

Subs not used Webb

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