Friday Football Preview: Tilbury aim to shock in East Anglia

By Dominic BrockTHE last game was a very tough day at the office for Tilbury FC. Lewes hit a harsh score line against the Dockers, leaving Tilbury with a 3-1 loss in front of the home crowd. First team manager Gary Henty, spoke to me of the disappointment from the match at that the Lewes strikers punished their relaxed style of play, however, he feels that the intensity and competitiveness of this league means any result can happen, regardless of your league position.Despite the negatives that come off the loss, the team are hoping that it was simply a blip in form and that they can pick themselves up again for the tough away match against Norwich United. Norwich lies fifth in the table after being promoted from the Eastern Counties Football League last season. The team have very much hit the ground running this season and their home record has worried most teams that travelled there.The fact that Tilbury has a man returning from injury may help the team even more in this tough fixture. In juries have played a big part in Tilbury’s season so far with team currently with six out with some form of injury. The team’s versatility have meant they have been coping while they were away, but getting players back on the pitch can only bolster their chances of victory.Although Tilbury’s recent form has slipped somewhat, it would be harsh to say the club are now doing badly. This was only the club’s first league loss in eight matches. The disruption of cup fixtures, with matches against higher division clubs like Billericay, has meant that losses have occurred for the team, but none that would do damage to their very good league record. The playoffs are still well within reach for the team and if results go their way and a win in the next match could see them go from ninth in the league, all the way up to fifth.Although this ideal result would be very nice, the team still need to be realistic about fortunes in upcoming matches. Waltham Abbey comes after Norwich on the 25th November and the team will have to keep their wits about them to ensure that victory swings their way. As mentioned earlier, any result could happen, no matter where a team sits in the league.

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