Ryman Div One North
Wroxham 2 v 3 Tilbury
Report by Antony Mercer
Dockers Return to Winning Ways thanks to a Barham Hat-trick
Tilbury returned to winning ways, with a last minute goal after falling behind at lowly Wroxham. Tilbury made a single change from Monday’s draw, with Eli Beniot replacing Simon Peddie, but the star of the show was Jack Barham with a hat-trick. The late Tilbury substitutions proved to be effective against a tiring Wroxham side.
On damp and grey afternoon, Tilbury had the first chance when Jack Barham played in Neil Richmond, who put his effort wide. The Dockers were on the front foot and Barham was denied by a fine save. The resulting corner saw centre half Joe Nightingill’s header cleared off the line by Rampling. On 16 minutes Wroxham’s Ross Gilfedder saw his blistering shot blocked. The returning Emiel Aiken had some good possession on the right as Tilbury continued to pour forward.
On 38 minutes the game sparked into life when Danny Norton picked up on a mistake and played the ball through to Jack Barham, who beat Pride in a one on one at the third attempt of the day to score the opening goal.
Wroxham showed great character and on 41 minutes levelled up when Bussen’s ball in from the left was finished at the near post for Gilfedder whose header was bundled into the net. Just before the break Neil Richmond saw his volley go close.
The second half got under way with Wroxham having a shout for a penalty when Lee Butcher came out of his goal and challenged for the ball, but the referee awarded a free kick to Tilbury.
On 65 minutes Nightingill again went close when he up for a corner and his header was brilliantly blocked on the line. During a good Wroxham spell, Tilbury did fashion a breakaway chance. Francis played in for another one on one but Pride made a great one handed save to put the ball over the bar.
On 72 minutes basement side Wroxham scored a well worked goal to take the lead when Tom Rampling picked up the ball in midfield, beat 2 men and drove for the penalty area. He played a one two with Schaar and received the ball back, which he smashed the ball home.
Tilbury took only 3 minutes to bounce back when substitute Lewis Jaggs sent the ball through to Barham who again was one on one and nipped into fire home.
It was all Tilbury as they pushed for the winner. On 87 a ball fell to the feet of Lewis Francis who volleyed just wide.
As it looked like the sides were sharing the points, another substitute Lewis Francis, played a splitting ball through and Jack Barham went through quickly and got his foot to the ball before the onrushing Pride could tackle. The ball trickled over the line, earning Barham the match ball and the Dockers all three points.
Manager Gary Henty commented after the game: ” I am pleased to get back to winning ways. The lads battled to the end.”
The result leaves Tilbury still in 10th place. They are back in action on Tuesday night, when they take the short trip to Billericay Town in an Essex Senior Cup Quarter Final tie. 7.45pm kick off.
Wroxham: Elliot Pride, Blake Saker, Tom Rampling, Matthew Cook (Ben Fowkes 77), Taylor Hastings, Adam Plumstead, Armami Schaar, Ben Lewis, Ross Gilfedder (Jordan Attree 87), Craig Bussens, Jack Guyton (James Baughurst 82)
Scorers – Ross Gilfedder (42′), Tom Rampling (72′)
Tilbury: Lee Butcher, Conor Mead, Joe Nightingill, Danny Smith, Eli Benoit, Danny Norton (Lewis Jaggs 70), Emiel Aiken (Lewis Francis 58), Jack Carlile, Jack Barham, Neil Richmond (Toby Aromolaran 83), Kurt Smith
Scorer – Jack Barham (38′, 75′, 90′)
The result leaves Tilbury in tenth place just three points off the play-offs.
They return to league action on Saturday at home against Haringey Borough.