Tilbury Start the New Year With a Bang
Tilbury 4 Dereham Town 2 (Att 101)
Tilbury started 2019 with their 5th successive home victory over basement side Dereham Town, which cost there manager Neal Simmons his job after the game. On a chilly afternoon, manager Marc Harrison made a single change, with Harry Norman replacing Captain Kris Newby.
Tilbury stared brightly, seeing the impressive Lewis Smith show some good skill and beat a defender and fire at goal. Dereham came into the game and scored a deserved goal on 21 when David Hinton struck low into the net giving Rhys Madden little chance.
Tilbury took 6 minutes to equalise when Mitchell Gilbey crossed from the left, found Lewis Smith at the back of the penalty area, he cut inside and finished into the gap between the keeper and the post. Before the break defender Darren Phillips went close.
After the break Tilbury upped their game and made it 2-1 on 56. A Lewis Smith free-kick found the back post where he found Abdus Salami who kept the ball in a played it back to Tommy Barton who had the simple task of hitting home from 3 yards. Smith was again running the defenders ragged as he beat two defenders before seeing his shot saved. On 64 Tilbury increased the lead further when Joe Burgess sent his corner over and Tommy Barton was the only player to jump and headed his second of the afternoon. Both sides pushed hard for more goals and it was Tilbury who made it 4-1 on 79 when Mitchell Gilbey crossed the ball out to George Sykes and seeing Lewis Smith rushing into the box crossed given Lewis Smith his chance of a second, which he duly obliged. With the result looking comfortable, Tilbury made three substitutions and one of them Joe Paxman saw his back flick well saved by the keeper. Tilbury were forced down to 10 men in the closing stages when George Sykes pulled up. With the very final kick of the game, Joe Gatting rose above all to head home from a corner. The referee then blew his whistle.
The result sees Tilbury move into the top ten for the first time this season and kept up there good recent run. Tilbury are back in action next Saturday, when they make the short trip to Basildon United, 3.00pm kick off.
Tilbury: Madden, Boswell, Burgess, Norman, Phillips (Jaggs 80), Salami, Gilbey (Paxman 82), Barton, Sykes, Spooner (Anderson 85) and Smith
Subs unused Newby and Keith