Football: Tilbury slip away at Barkingside

Ryman Div One North

Tilbury 1 v 2 Barkingside

Report courtesy of Antony Mercer of

TILBURY suffered a rare home defeat to a hardworking Barkingside side on Saturday. Paul Vaughan reshuffled the side due to a lengthening injury list which included 3 academy players in his squad.

Barkingside started strongly and Andy Edmunds fired just wide after only 4 minutes. A good move on 11 when Danny Francis laid in Lee Weemes who shot at the keeper. On 13 the one major talking point when Lee Weemes was kicked off the ball in view of the assistant and with the game stopped, Weemes was cautioned, to the surprise of many.

Barkingside took a deserved lead on 25 when Edmunds slotted home after Tilbury did not clear. Within 2 minutes it was 2-0 when a corner from the left was headed home unmarked by Aaron Scott. Barkingside continued to push for more and the excellent Waldron fired over before the break. Tilbury were the better of the sides after the break and had an early chance when Mead fired from 30 yards. Just past the hour became a key moment as Barkingside in the space of less than 10 seconds struck the underside of the bar twice. This seem to spur the Dockers on and on 75 got a goal back when Conor Mead crossed for Danny Aldwinckle to head perfectly into the roof of the net for his first senior goal, after scoring regularly for the reserves and youth team. Barkingside’s keeper Chris Clark had to be at his best inside the last 10 minutes as Tilbury laid siege on the Barkingside goal and made 2 magnificent saves to deny Crooks and Francis.

In the 5th minute of injury time Clarke again saved on the line from a Francis shot.

The result sees Tilbury remain in 13th, but adrift of the play off places.

On Tuesday, Tilbury travel to Cambridgeshire to play Soham Town Rangers. – 7.45pm kick off.

Team: Ramos, Mead, Waters, Nightingill, Crooks, Christou, Babalola (Johnson 76), Blackman, Weemes (Aldwinckle 64), Francis, and Ashton

Subs unused West, Keiller and Cutler

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