Football: Tilbury work hard for away point at Soham

Ryman Div One North

Soham Town Rangers 1 v 1 Tilbury

Report by Anthony Mercer

Second Half comeback earns Dockers a point.

Tilbury came from behind to salvage a well earned point, after an improved second half performance in Cambridgeshire.

Tilbury went into the game missing some first choice players, which included a debut for defender Joe Turpin who looked comfortable at the heart of the defence. Tilbury came out of the blocks well and Emiel Aiken was denied inside nineteen seconds when his shot in front of goal was blocked.

It was an open game, with no clear chances. It took until the 25th minute when good work from Aiken again saw his effort crash off the bar.

The home side took the lead just passed the half hour when a high ball was not dealt with and Sam Mulready got his foot in to divert the ball into an empty net. The home side dominated before the break winning most of the fifty-fifty balls.

On 55 minutes Tilbury had a good chance when the effective Ryan Melaugh found himself on the right and unleashed an effort that struck the inside of the post and away to safety.

Soham defender Lloyd Groves had to be at his best when he denied Aiken’s fierce effort on goal. On the hour Mulready was again in the action, but was denied by a fine Clarke Bogard save. The introduction of Toby Aromolaran and Toch Singh seemed to spur the Docker on and within a few minutes were awarded a penalty for handball. Kurt Smith duly scored from the spot.

With ten minutes left on the clock, Toby Aromolaran rounded Conroy but saw his chip go just over the top. With the game at 90 minutes , Soham lost the services of substitute Ashley Bankhole for a second yellow card, before Tilbury’s substitute Danny Smith receiving his marching orders for a late tackle in Soham’s penalty area.

Tilbury sit twelfth in the table with just two games to go. The Dockers are back at home on Monday, for the final Chadfields appearance of the season against VCD Athletic.

Soham Town Rangers: Niall Conroy, Callum Russell, Will Gardner, Robbie Mason (Cemal Ramadan 78′), Joe Tennent, Lloyd Groves, Adrian Cambridge, Ryan Horne, Luke Brown, Sam Mulready, Peter Maina (Ashley Bankole 61′).
Scorer – Sam Mulready (32′).

Tilbury: Clarke Bogard, Conor Mead, Joseph Turpin, Danny Norton, Jake Pooley, Lewis Jaggs (Toch Singh 70′), Emiel Aiken (Danny Smith 76′), Jack Carlile, Michael Salako (Toby Aromolaran 70′), Ryan Melaugh, Kurt Smith.
Scorer – Kurt Smith (76′)

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