Saturday, July 13, 2024

Football: Runaway leaders too hot for brave Dockers

Ryman Div One North

Tilbury 2 v 4 Maldon and Tiptree

Tilbury went in to their league fixture against leaders Maldon & Tiptree in good heart after returning to winning ways at Ilford last week. With ex Maldon centre half Paul King celebrating his 100th appearance for the Dockers and the return of Captain Gary Henty, Tilbury started well.

Maldon did test Tilbury early on, with some good runs by Jamie Guy. The first goal of the game fell to the home side when Captain Gary Henty curled in from 20 yards after a knock down by Tom Wraight. Maldon levelled within 4 minutes when a wonderful strike from Jamie Guy who rifled into the roof of the net from the edge of the area.

Robinson was close for the visitors’ seconds later from a Wareham cross. Tilbury were back in front on 24 when Conor Mead ran 30 yards from his own half, found Emiel Aiken who beat 2 men and crossed for Danny Francis to flick home. The game was end to end and it seemed a matter of time before the next goal would be scored. On the half hour both sides had efforts from distance. On 40 Maldon were awarded a penalty to the disappointment of the Tilbury defence for handball by Nightingill and Jamie Guy slotted home.

Six minutes after the break Maldon took the lead when a Joe Gardner swung from the edge of the area and smashed past Marrable for a super strike. Within 5 minutes Tilbury should have been back on level terms when Tom Wraight was found in space but blazed over.

Glen Golby went close, but was denied by a last gasp clearance by Bradley Barnes. On 70 Sherwin Stanley went close from a Wraight corner, but his effort was cleared off the line frantically. Tilbury kept pushing, but were kept out well by sterling work in the visitors defence.

With 4 minutes remaining Maldon confirmed the points when Paul King was adjudged to have fouled Gardner just inside the box and the referee was in no doubt of a penalty. Jamie Guy hit down the centre of the goal to register an excellent hat trick and a good afternoon’s work on behalf of his unbeaten side.

After the game Assistant Manager Dave Ross said “Pleasing performance and very unlucky not to win after some questionable refereeing decisions that affected the final result, but we performed very well despite this.

Tilbury look to get back to league winning ways on Monday when they take the short trip down the A13 to take on Aveley in the Ryman League cup. 7.45pm kick off.

TEAM: Marrable, Mead, Barnes, Nightingill, King, Henty, Aiken (Barnett 83), Carlile (Stevenson 76), Stanley, Francis, Wraight

Subs not used: Pooley, Jacobs and Smith

Photo courtesy of Elliot Mercer

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