Friday, June 21, 2024

Football: Dockers bring down promotion favourites

Ryman Div One North

Tilbury 2 v 1 Soham Town Rangers

TILBURY upset Ryman One North title contenders Soham Town Rangers with a good performance on a heavy Chadfields pitch that passed two inspections by the referee.

Soham arrived at Chadfields on the back of some good results but played the last 28 minutes with 10 men.
The Dockers gave starts to returning players Jack West and Joe Obersteller and also gave a first 90 minutes to defender Ross Owen.

Tilbury started strongly with Harrison Tweddell shooting from distance before the visitors had a number of corners.
The Dockers opened the scoring on 16 when a crossfield pass from the very effective Piers Wixon found Ryan Blackman who shot home with the outside of his right foot.

The visitors had the ball in the net on 19 minutes through James McCabe shot home only to see the offside flag.
Before the break Tweddell and Wixon both had good efforts on goal.

On 55 minutes Wixon was agin in the action when a good move found him in space and he fired just wide of the goal.

On the hour Obersteller had his shot brilliantly saved by Enol Ordonez.

Within a minute the game livened up when a strong tackle by Blackman provoked a response from Jordan Gent who was sent off for a flaying arm.

The Dockers kept up the pressure and kept the ball for long periods and a minute into injury time substitute Francis Babalola sprinted through not for the first time, but on this occasion was brought down in the box and the referee pointed to the spot.

Man of the Match Wixon stepped up to fire home and give the Dockers a well deserved victory.

After the game Tilbury manager Paul Vaughan said: “This was a great result against a good football side. The lads played some good football and played in the right areas. The whole side deserve credit for their effort. “

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