Monday, September 25, 2023

Football: Dockers just get better and better

Ryman Div One North

Tilbury 3 v 2 Waltham Abbey

By Anthony Mercer at Chadfields

Tilbury continued their good goal-scoring form with another three goals over mid table Waltham Abbey.

Paul Vaughan made just one change from Tuesday’s 4-1 victory, with Tom Webb replacing injured Harry Cook.

Tilbury went close after only 10 seconds when Bradley Barnes fired at the keeper. The game became scrappy with both teams finding difficulty keeping possession of the ball. On 22 a mazy run by Steve Good, led to a free kick as he was pulled down. From the resulting effort, Tom Webb chipped over the wall into the net.

Within 2 minutes Abbey’s Cawley shot and James Marrable had to tip over. Chances started to come for both sides and Joe Nightingill went close when he ghosted in from a Webb free kick. 7 minutes before the break, Demetriou played in Webb who shot and hit the inside of both posts before going over the line. Just before the break Bradley Barnes crossed for Alex Read who hit just over the top.

Tilbury dominated the opening of the 2nd half and it came as no surprise when they made it 3. Another Tom Webb free kick was hit to the far post, where the excellent Sam West headed back into the danger area, giving Steve Good the easiest of chances to bundle over the line.

Following the introduction of substitutes, Tilbury’s performance became a little disjointed and allowed Waltham Abbey into the game. On 69 Tim Shaw was played in, he struck the bar, only for the ball to come off defender Nightingill into the net.

Abbey kept pushing forward and were rewarded for there efforts in the final minute when Matt Mitchell scored direct from a free kick, after a foul just outside the area.

The win takes Tilbury into third place.

After the game, Assistant Manager Terry Hornsby commented “The back four played very well. Played to the system. We were well on top first half, but invited Abbey on in the second half”

On Tuesday Tilbury travel to Lowestoft Town the 2nd Round of the Alan Boon Ryman Cup, before welcoming bottom side Ware to Chadfields next Saturday.

Before that the Under 18’s side travel to Chelmsford City on Wednesday with the winners playing Football league side Stevenage in Round One.

Team – Marrable, Bansende, Barnes, Nightingill, S West, Henty, Aiken, Good, Read (Taylor 74), Webb (Harvey 61), Demetriou (Wraight 58)

Subs not used: King and Matthews


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