Thursday, July 25, 2024

Football: Vital away win for the Dockers

Waltham Forest 1 v 2 Tilbury

Tilbury won at Cricklefields for the second time in three weeks with a final minute goal from substitute Tom Webb.

With the game passing a 10.30am inspection, the teams were met by a sticky surface which made for a scrappy opening. Pooley and Barnett returned to the side in place of King and Francis. Tilbury were the better side from the start and Joel Barnett hit just wide.

In the 19th minute, Emiel Aiken was played in and his effort was chipped over by Omand. Seconds later captain Gary Henty again played in Barnett was again denied by a fine save. On the half hour, Henty had a chance of his own, but again Omand in the home goal made a good save. The Dockers took the lead in the 37th minute, when Jack Carlile put in a good ball to Joel Barnett who beat the offside trap to slot home. Just before the break the excellent Omand saved at the feet of Aiken.

The second half was a more even affair, but Tilbury still created chances. Jack Stevenson had an effort ruled out for offside.

Adewunmi fired just over the tip of Marrable’s up right. The pressure paid off when Adewunmi was again in the action when he was brought down in the box by Mead and a penalty was awarded. The same player stepped up to score in the bottom right hand corner. Centre half Jake Pooley was denied when his header was well saved and Omand also denied again at the feet of Aiken.

Tilbury looked to be the side to take the points when Tom Webb’s shot from the edge of the area was quite brilliantly saved by Omand. Joel Palmer also had a chance which just went wide and ex Tilbury striker Chris Taylor also had a chance of his own, whistle just wide.

In the 83rd minute, with the play inside Waltham Forest penalty box, Pooley headed just over the top from a Tom Wraight cross. With only a minute remaining, Pooley was left in space, played in Tom Webb who was unmarked to fire home. Webb as he did last season, scored another all important goal for his side.

In the final seconds Tilbury held the ball and denied the hosts of any goal mouth action.

After the game manager Paul Vaughan said “We did well as a side. a fully deserved win for the boys and I have to be happy with the performance of the lads on a difficult pitch.

Tilbury look for a place on Tuesday in the Essex Senior Cup quarter final when they entertain Waltham Abbey at Chadfields 7.45pm. The winners will entertain Hullbridge Sports or Southend United in the new year.

TEAM: Marrable, Mead, Barnes, Pooley, Nightingill, Henty (Webb 45), Barnett (Jacobs 80), Carlile, Aiken, Stevenson (Waters 75), Wraight

Subs not used: Edwards

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