By Dom Brock
TILBURY Football Club managed to get two clean sheets out of their previous two matches despite injury worries from players and some worthy attacks by both AFC Hornchurch and Aveley. These two crucial games were matches Tilbury couldn’t afford to lose, considering Hornchurch are just a single point behind Tilbury and Aveley are just a point ahead.
Manager Gary Henty has been pleased with the two recent performances seeing them as solid defensive efforts and a ‘Credit to the defence’. The Aveley game was particularly good as the team had no natural left-back playing in their defence that day. Although Henty wasn’t too satisfied with receiving two points from the two games, he still saw a lot of positives to take from both of the matches, seeing them as strong performances.
Tilbury maintains seventh in the table and still has a key to the playoffs within reach. Some of the performances this season have been spectacular and the team would most likely relish the challenge, come the end of the season. Gary Henty, however, is still being pragmatic over situation and keeping realistic goals in mind. The team looks likely to assess their league status at the end of December to see whether the playoffs are something they should be aiming for. Henty’s targets so far have simply been to build on last season, which the team are exceeding so far.
Waltham Abbey and Brentwood Town are Tilbury’s next two matches, Waltham Abbey and Brentwood are in a tussle of their own in the lower half of the table and The Dockers will be looking to dispatch of both teams if they want to keep chasing the top teams. The team can’t be too certain of victory though. The season has thrown in a few surprises so far and matches can turn on their head in an instant.