Ryman Div One North
Brentwood 1 Tilbury 2 (att 105)
TILBURY consolidated fourth position in Ryman North on Saturday with a superb result at Brentwood Town, giving Tilbury nine out of nine points in the last three away games.
Before kick off, Tilbury’s leading striker Alex Read passed a late fitness test and took his place in the side where Paul Vaughan made a single change, with Joe Nightingill replacing the under the weather Tom Webb at the heart of the defence.
Brentwood took the game to Tilbury in the early periods and looked most likely to score. Dingli in attack went close early on causing the Dockers defence some problems. On 8 Read’s looping cross also caused the home defence problems and Justham had to tip over.
On 12 Brentwood took the lead. Brentwood were awarded a corner. Ryan Edgar’s corner found Daniel Ailey unmarked to score from close range.
On 30 Tilbury were denied a clear penalty when a cross into the box was handled but the referee waved away any protests. The disappointment lifted Tilbury and 4 minutes later Gary Henty ran towards goal only to be fouled just outside the box. Alex Read perfectly executed free kick found the top corner.
Tilbury started to create numerous chances and just before the break, Read was sent to ground in the box from a tackle by Tony Russell and the referee this time had no doubt and awarded a penalty. Alex Read converted into the roof of the net for his 21st of the season and his 10th in only his last 4 games and the sixth consecutive game he has found the net. Tilbury dominated the second half and could have gone further ahead on 54 when a pass back found Read who fired just over. On 68 he again went close when his effort was inches wide of the far post.
Brentwood’s task was further hindered when on 74 Mbilive Lokando kicked out at Conor Mead in the midfield and was instantly dismissed by the referee.
For the 3rd consecutive game the introduction of Tom Wraight and Joe Collins lifted the side and both played in telling balls for Webb, Good and Henty.
In the final minute Captain Gary Henty fired wide when well set and in the last few seconds Wraight crossed for Collins who should have sealed the points but put wide.
After the game, a delighted Tilbury Manager Paul Vaughan commented “Great result for the club. To gain maximum points from our 3 away games is a massive achievement. Credit to each and every one of my squad. Results were again kind and look forward to welcoming AFC Sudbury next Saturday at Chadfields”
Team – Marrable, Mead, Worrell, Nightingill, West, Henty, Aiken (Collins 77), Good, Read, King (Webb 83), Barnes (Wraight 67)
Subs not used: Bansende and Matembele