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Dockers late show delivers cup victory

Tilbury 5 v 1 Brantham Athletic 1

Injury ravaged Tilbury saw off a gallant Brantham Athletic side with three late goals to progress to the 1st qualifying round of the FA cup. Before kick off, Tilbury who were already without some key players, were dealt a further blow when captain Joe Nightingill pulled up in the warm up and was ruled out of the game. Striker Emiel Aiken was also delayed due to the heavy traffic that affected games across London and the South East.

Brantham made the early running and Sean Gunn headed over unmarked on 16. On 28 the outstanding Aaron Waters crossed and found Sam West who went close. Brantham took a shock lead on 31 when a suspicion of handbook was waved away by the officials and left Lee Grimwood to slot home. 9 minutes later there was a turning moment in the game when Tilbury were awarded a penalty for an off the ball incident in the box. With play continuing on, the assistant referee called the referee over and he pointed to the spot. Danny Francis hit home after his initial kick was saved by Beddingfield.

In the 45th minute of the game, Francis crossed and James Smith hit just over. Seconds later Tilbury made it two when Jack Carlile hit a 25 yard thunderbolt low into the goal. Brantham continued to cause the home defence some problems and on 49 Mayhew hit just wide. As the half continued the Dockers took control. On 58 Paul King’s pin point header was well saved and both Francis and Llewellyn were also denied. It took until the 85th minute for Tilbury to confirm there place in the next round when Tom Wraight crossed and Martin Llewellyn coolly slotted home. On 90 it became 4-1 when Danny Francis back flicked into the net from a Emiel Aiken ball and the same player scored 3 minutes into injury time to complete his well deserved hat rick when he scored directly from the spot after being bundled down in the box.

Tilbury now go on to entertain Lowestoft Town in the 1st Qualifying Round on 8th September.

After the game manager Paul Vaughan said that he was pleased with the result. A good team effort and a fine result despite so many injury’s within the squad.

On Monday Tilbury return to league action when they entertain Ware at Chadfields 3pm kick off.

Team: Marrable, Pooley, Waters, Matthews (Aiken 46), West, King, J Smith, Carlile, Llewellyn (Hooper 85), Francis and Wraight

Subs: Edwards, B Walker and R Owen

Attendance 69

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