Football: Dockers prove to be a class apart

Ryman Div One North

Brentwood Town 0 v 3 Tilbury

Report by Anthony Mercer

TILBURY fired three second half goals, to win at the Brentwood Centre for the second time this season, after a 2-1 victory in the FA Cup earlier in the season.

The game also marked Tilbury’s 2,500th goal in the Isthmian league when Lewis Jaggs slotted home early in the second half.

Tilbury made three changes to their line-up, including a debut for striker Jack Barham who did not disappoint.

Brentwood started brightly and saw Shad Ngandu whistle one across goal inside 3 minutes, before a well directed free kick from Nick Hilder, with Lee Butcher saving well.

Tilbury had a shout for a penalty after a goalmouth scramble, but no penalty was awarded.
On 28 home striker Ife Ogunbayo rounded Butcher, but his weak effort was blocked on the line and away to safety.

Tilbury’s first real effort came 9 minutes before the break when Reece Hewitt’s corner was connected by the head of Neil Richmond that went just wide.

The sides went in to the break level, with the home side the happier in a disappointing half.

Tilbury started the second half strongly and went in front within 4 minutes, when Jack Barham played the ball into the box and with no clearance coming, the ball fell to the feet of Lewis Jaggs to turn the ball home.

On 56 it became 2-0 when Lewis Francis sent a ball into the box and again, the ball was not cleared in the Brentwood defence, leaving Jack Barnham the opportunity to slot home for a debut goal.

Despite an effort from Ogunbayo on 60 minutes that saw Lee Butcher save well, Tilbury regained plenty of possession and were in charge of the game. With 20 minutes to go, Tilbury’s domination showed when Jimmy Cook sent a curling ball to the edge of the penalty box, to find Lewis Francis who hit from the edge of the area low into the net, for a fine effort and to seal the points.

Late in the game, Tilbury did have the ball in the net, but was ruled offside and the home side were again denied by another save from Lee Butcher, when Ogunbayo was on goal.

Tilbury moved up 2 places to 6th place in the league, just 5 points behind the leaders. Tilbury travel to Waltham Abbey on Tuesday night, looking to get into the to 5.

After the game Manager Gary Henty commented “It was a pleasing second half performance and our new signing Jack Barham getting a deserved goal on his debut. I am to keep our third clean sheet in a row”

Brentwood Town: Joe Taylor, Ben Sampayo, Luke Foster, Nick Hilder, Connor Martin, Brendan Cavalier, Marcus Milner, Andy Greenslade, Ife Ogunbayo,Shad Ngandu, Mason Bloomfield (Jalon Rowe 76)

Tilbury: Lee Butcher, Danny Norton, Jimmy Cook, Simon Peddie, Conor Mead, Lewis Jaggs, Lewis Francis, Jack Carlile, Jack Barnum (Tony Martin 73), Neil Richmond (Toch Singh 79), Reece Hewitt (Toby Aromolaran 76)
Scorers – Lewis Jaggs (49′), Jack Barham (56′), Lewis Francis (70′)The result means that they are in sixth place on 32 points, just a point off the play offs.

They return to league action on Tuesday away against Waltham Abbey.

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