Football: Fresh blood needed as Dockers suffer another defeat

Ryman Div One North

AFC Sudbury 4 v 0 Tilbury

By Antony Mercer

TILBURY suffered another away day defeat going down to play off hopefuls AFC Sudbury on Saturday, making it six successive defeats. Tilbury welcomed back Emiel Aiken in attack and made a bright start from the kick off. Babalola twice from the right hand side caused problems.

The Dockers were dealt a blow on eight minutes when Joe Nightingill was substituted due to a hamstring injury. Sudbury has become an unlucky ground for the player, as he lasted the exact same time last season. A minute later a Baker header fell to Davidson who’s over-head kick sent the ball over the bar.

The home side took the lead on 19 when Baker flicked the ball into the path Coley, who saw his shot deflected off Vezza. From the resulting corner by Hervel, Ryan Henshaw out jumped the defence and his bullet header found the back of the net. Tilbury still looked dangerous and again Babalola crossed minutes later into an empty box and away to safety.

On the half hour Milard made a great save to deny Sudbury making it 2. On 34 they did increase the lead with another dangerous long throw from Wilkinson on the right, found substitute Lawrence Yiga who flicked his header in to the net.

Before the break Flack had a long range effort wide, before the lively Babalola broke free, but Archer blocked well. Aiken had the final effort of the half after a good ball from Hubbard.

Tilbury started the second period well with Hubbard and Babalola having good efforts. On 62 Baker went close but was denied by a Milard save. With Sudbury pushing hard, they were rewarded on 76 when Yiga again rose well to head home a Hervel corner. It became 4-0 with 4 minutes to go when the ball was not cleared in the Tilbury defence and all manner of confusion, the ball fell to Sam Clarke who smashed home from close-range. In the final minute Blackwell nearly made it 5-0 with a shot well saved by Milard.

Tilbury remain in 19th. Manager Gary Henty said "we will still look to strengthen the squad and we now look ahead to Thurrock in the FA Trophy next Friday"

Team:- Milard, Webb Johnson, Vezza, Nightingill (Owen 8), Hubbard (Taylor-Crossdale 74), Babalola. Carlile, Aiken, May and Flack.

Subs not used: Keiller and Henty

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