Ryman Div One North
Tilbury 5 v 1 Chatham Town 1 Att 90
TILBURY started 2013 with a fine victory over a disappointing Chatham side on Saturday. Despite rumours of unrest at the club in some quarters, Tilbury showed again their resilience, with victory despite losing first choice keeper James Marrable prior to kick off and the game also saw the debut of youngster Ryan Auger. With Marrable unavailable, defender Paul King took over the gloves and did a fine job making two outstanding saves.
Tilbury started well and took the lead on 2 minutes when Emiel Aiken crossed for Tony Jacobs who rifled into the net. King was called upon on 11 minutes when he made a fine save at his near post. On 22 Tilbury made it 2 when Jacobs got down the right hand side and found Aiken who was pushed in the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Aaron Waters stepped up and sent the keeper for wrong way.
Two minutes later Ryan Auger saw the keeper off his line and lobbed only to be denied by a last ditch finger tip save. Chatham got themselves back in the game on the half hour when Ben Crooks slipped on the sticky surface and King made a good save with his feet. From the resulting corner a scramble in the box found Potter who scored.
Tilbury came out well after the break and Tom Wraight cut inside only to see his effort go just wide of the post. On 60 the Dockers increased the lead when Aiken crossed for Tony Jacobs who was rushing in to fire home. Within 2 minutes it became 4-1 when this time Jacobs won the ball, cut the ball back to Waters who curled beautifully into the net.
On 72 Tom Webb who had just come off the bench scored after good build up play by another substitute Danny Francis. Chatham were dealt a blow inside the last 10 minutes when they were reduced to 10 men when Newman received his 2nd yellow card of the game. Webb went close with 5 minutes to go, but was denied again by a fine save. With the final kick of the game Smith almost got the Chats second but shot just wide.
On Saturday Tilbury travel to Redbridge looking to inflict further damaged to the struggling side.
The result leaves Tilbury in 7th place and continue to look for a play off spot.
After the game Paul Vaughan commented. “Delighted with the result today. Credit to all the lads after a Christmas period without games. They all trained hard preparing for all the games and today was a reward for the hard work over the Christmas break. There was a real appetite to win in the camp”
TEAM: King, Mead, Cook (Webb 71), Crooks, Nightingill, Waters, Jacobs, Auger, Aiken (Llewellyn 73), Cutler and Wraight (Francis 67)
Subs not used: Edwards and Pooley