Ilford 0 v 1 Tilbury 1
A single Jack Carlile effort saw Tilbury return to winning ways on a heavy Cricklefields pitch on Saturday.
Paul Vaughan made changes to the side with Mead, Pooley and Carlile in for Smith, King and Henty. The Dockers started strong in the opening period with Wraight having his early effort blocked before Aiken crossed and Tom Wraight was denied by a last ditch tackle. The excellent Joe Nightingill cleared well from a corner as the ball went to goal.
Tilbury took the lead and scoring the only goal of the game on 24 when a Jack Stevenson corner was played short to the call of Jack Carlile who nipped in to score past an unsighted keeper (picture attached). Tilbury kept pushing and Mbaku saved well from Sherwin Stanley on 30 before Bradley Barnes cleared off the line a minute later to deny Ilford there only chance of the half. Before the break Tilbury had a number of corners that were dealt with by a hardworking Ilford defence. Stevenson had his 25 yard free kick well saved by Mbaku. Good link up play on the left by Barnes and Wraight before the break as Tilbury looked for the 2nd.
Tilbury started a disappointing second half with a long throw from Sherwin Stanley that found Tom Wraight, who’s header was saved. Danny Francis chipped over on 54 before the game became a scrappy encounter. A regulation foul on 61 saw 3 players in the game cautioned. Ilford came into the game and Akambi’s free kick was tipped over by Marrable. It became a very stop start encounter and lacked goalmouth action until the last 10 minutes. On 82 captain Joe Nightingill’s blistering shot was well saved. Deep into injury time Joel Barnett crossed and Jack Stevenson’s effort was cleared off the line.
After the game Assistant Manager Dave Ross said “A good first half performance, but did not continue this in the second. Next week will be a good test for the boys against the leaders Maldon & Tiptree. One pleasing aspect was out first league clean sheet of the season
Next weeks game is a home with a 3pm kick off.
TEAM: Marrable, Mead, Barnes, Pooley, Nightingill, Stevenson, Aiken (Jacobs 84), Carlile, Stanley (Barnett 70), Francis (Llewellyn 87), Wraight
Subs not used: Crooks and Smith