Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Football: The Curfews call time on Dockers Trophy dreams

Tilbury made an early exit in this years FA Trophy with a heavy defeat on a warm afternoon in Surrey.

Lloyd Anderson made his debut in goal in place of unavailable James Marrable and was picking the ball out of the net after six minutes. A high cross from Carr into the centre, where Jermeile Johnson was left on his own on the edge of the area and chipped the advancing Lloyd Anderson. It might have been different had Danny Francis shot very early on not been well saved by Kennedy in the home goal.

The advantage was enhanced 5 minutes later after a pass was not dealt with and the ball fell to Carr who fired home low in to the net from 15 yards.

On 16 minutes there was a 7 minute delay as home defender Alex Frostick stretched for a ball and following treatment was stretched off with what seemed ligament damage that will keep him on the sidelines for a while.

Kennedy was again forced into a finger tip save as Francis again went close, as Tilbury tried to get their game going, However on 37, Waters was adjudged to have brought down Carr on the edge of the area, but the referee pointed to the spot and Tommy McGarry delivered a cheeky chipped spot kick that could have been disastrous but worked well to create a three goal lead. Paul Vaughan made 2 changes at the break as

Tilbury looked for an early strike after the break, if they were to stand any chance of rescuing the game, but it never came. On 52 and with Chertsey leaving 3 attackers up field, saw Johnson on the right causing problems, passed to Carr who moved forward ten yards before hitting past Anderson.

Tilbury had a short period of possession but nothing to show for their efforts. Tilbury continued to be frustrated in the second half with decisions going against them by the referee. The Dockers got a consolation with 10 minutes remaining when a quickly taken free kick caught out the back line and Danny Francis scored from close range. Tilbury played out the last 12 minutes with 10 men as Tom Wraight was taken off injured. Chertsey had chances in the final few minutes hitting both the bar and post.

Tilbury are next back in action next Saturday when they travel to Soham Town Rangers who won there first game of the season on Saturday.

TEAM: Anderson, D Smith (Mead 46), Waters (Matthews 46), King, Nightingill, Small, J Smith, Carlile (Hooper 63), Francis, Aiken, Wraight
Subs: not used, Edwards and Crooks

Anthony Mercer
Tilbury FC

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