Friday, March 24, 2023

Football: Solid Dockers earn a draw

Ryman Div One North

Tilbury 1 v 1 Brentwood Town 1

By Anthony Mercer

Att 74

TILBURY shared the spoils with Brentwood Town on Saturday in a game the Dockers dominated for most and will be disappointed on the chances they had not to take all 3 points. Tilbury welcomed back former players Sam West, Alex Read and Gary Henty to the Brentwood lineup.

It took Tilbury less than a minute to have their first chance when Mullings hit low to Richard Wray’s right. Former Docker Alex Read shot from 20 yards that went just wide before Aiken went close from a Mullings through ball. In a lively opening Sam West also went wide. Before half time Tilbury laid siege on Brentwood’s goal which saw Ben Crooks header tipped over by Wray. Tilbury’s best chance of the half fell to Conor Mead who struck the bar after Mullings shot was spilt by Wray into his path from 5 yards.

Tilbury would have gone into the break the happier of the two sides, but were dealt a blow in the first minute of the second half when Sam West tapped home from a free kick. On 51 Waters drilled his shot across goal before Tom Wraight hit over on the hour. On 67 Aiken was played through and when bearing down on goal, was halted by the referee’s whistle for a high kick. As the game moved in to the final third Tilbury continued to pressure and Tony Jacobs had a great chance on 77 when he volleyed just over the top. With 9 minutes remaining it came as no surprise that Tilbury equalised, when Mead played the ball to Tom Wraight who cut in on his left before hitting home to score a delightful individual goal.

In the final minutes Brentwood held firm as Jacobs hit the bar with Wray beaten and the visitors would have been the happier of the two sides with the result.

After the game coach Mark Edwards commented “Really pleased with the performance today. We battered Brentwood for long periods and should have won the game. It was great to see Tom Wraight back to his best”

The result keeps the Dockers in 8th place. Tilbury welcome Harlow Town on Tuesday before travelling to Witham Town on Saturday.

Tilbury: Marrable, Mead, Waters, Crooks, Nightingill, Jacobs, Aiken, Carlile, Mullings, Cutler and Wraight

Subs not used: Joynes, Blackman, B Webb, Edwards and Matthews


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