Tilbury’s cup drop out after hard fought fixturesBy Dominic BrockTILBURY Football club had one of their most challenging three days of football in a long time with the hard fought FA Trophy matches taking centre stage last weekend. Tilbury faced off against Division South side Lewes.On paper the teams were very similar and it proved on the pitch as their Saturday match was a hard fought battle with the team showing good spirit, only conceding due to what Tilbury manager, Gary Henty, called “A harsh penalty . With the final score ending 1-1, both teams had to have a reschedule for the replay match on the Tuesday. Tilbury was originally going to dive straight back into the league with a match against Heybridge Swifts, but that has now been moved to Tuesday 13th December.The Lewes rematch was arguably in Tilbury’s favour as the first game was an away match, yet they still managed to hold out to draw. The replay meant home advantage would be with Tilbury, but was the momentum there?As soon as the match started, it appeared that Tilbury were in a hurry to get ahead early as the team scored a goal very early on, only to have it disallowed. The tough nature of the game saw Lewes bite back at the five minutes mark, getting their first goal of the game. Tilbury’s driving force seemed to have been dissipated after that goal as according to Gary Henty “The team did not perform to their potential . Unlike most of their recent games, there was no late comeback for The Dockers’ and the game ended a disappointing 3-0 to Lewes.Although the Henty’s squad are now out of both cups, the focus is now full steam ahead on their league performances. The team still have relatively good form, discounting the cup matches which either went to replays or penalties, and the team will be hoping to get right back into the usual style of winning.Tilbury’s next game is a crucial match against Bowers & Pitsea which, if they win, will see the team cruise into the playoff places. With the home fans behind them, hopefully they can put the cup disappointment behind them and concentrate on what will be another tough fixture.
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