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Dereham Town
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O Spooner (24'), M Bowers (45'), H Watkins (71')
Sat 20 Apr 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 171

Tilbury Return to Winning Ways


Dereham Town 2 Tilbury 3 (Att 171) (Photos with thanks to Alan Palmer)

Tilbury bounced back after last Saturday's disappointing performance to play off side Coggeshall, with a deserved victory over a gutsy Dereham Town side on a bright warm afternoon in Norfolk.

Manager Marc Harrison made two changes to his line up with Marcus Bowers and Abdus Salami returning to the side.

Both sides had a quiet opening, with Mitchell Gilbey the most active on the right. It was Gilbey whose dominance paid off. On 24 Gilbey challenged home keeper Elliot Pride, chipped it over him, only to see the ball clip the upright and Oli Spooner was on hand to score from close range.
Dereham grew in to the game and saw Rhys Madden make a fine save on to the post before the break when Hipperson unleashed a powerful 25 yarder that forced a finger tip save. In added time the Dockers increased their lead with Marcus Bowers rifling his effort home at an angle after George Sykes kept the ball in and laid the ball back.

After the restart Jamie Forshaw had a shot charged down before Plumstead headed Adam Smith’s corner off target. Dereham were still finding it hard to penetrate the visiting defence. In the 56th and 64th minute Sykes made space for himself in the box but dragged his efforts wide.
Tilbury made it 3-0 on 71 when Dereham lost the ball in the middle of the park, Marcus Bowers played the ball back to Harry Watkins who curled his effort from 20 yards on to the underside of the bar and over the line.

Wones had a good chance on 77 but Madden was again at his best to save well. On 78 Dereham reduced the deficit when Dion Frary steered home Crisp’s low ball from close range. On 81 captain Kris Newby saw his 25 yard power-drive parried over, before the home side further reduced the arrears when Matty Castellan headed home Danny Beaumont’s free kick from the left in the 85th minute. The home side continued to press for an equaliser, but Tilbury held on for the points with the game going into the 9th minute of injury time. .

The result see's Tilbury remain in 10th spot. .

Tilbury return to action quickly with a home game against Brentwood Town on Monday.

Tilbury: Madden, Boswell (Purdy 80), Burgess, Newby (Kessel 84), Salami, Phillips, Gilbey, Watkins, Sykes (Ramsey 75), Spooner and Bowers

Subs unused Tuitt and Cumming

Mitchell Gilbey

Player of the Match

Mitchell Gilbey

Key moments

Goal Oli Spooner scores for Tilbury
Goal Marcus Bowers scores for Tilbury
Goal Harry Watkins scores for Tilbury


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90:00 Yellow Card
Abdus Salami is yellow carded for Tilbury
90:00 Player of the Match
Mitchell Gilbey is awarded player of the match for Tilbury
84:00 Sub On
Billy Purdy is substituted on for Tilbury
84:00 Sub Off
Ryan Boswell is substituted off for Tilbury
84:00 Yellow Card
Darren Phillips is yellow carded for Tilbury
79:00 Sub On
Ethan Kessel is substituted on for Tilbury
79:00 Sub Off
Kris Newby is substituted off for Tilbury
74:00 Sub On
Ryan Ramsey is substituted on for Tilbury
74:00 Sub Off
George Sykes is substituted off for Tilbury
71:00 Goal 0 - 3
Harry Watkins scores for Tilbury
71:00 Assist
Marcus Bowers makes an assist for Tilbury
End of period 1
45:00 Goal 0 - 2
Marcus Bowers scores for Tilbury
45:00 Assist
George Sykes makes an assist for Tilbury
24:00 Goal 0 - 1
Oli Spooner scores for Tilbury
24:00 Assist
Mitchell Gilbey makes an assist for Tilbury
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Dereham Town
  • Tilbury
  • 0
  • Oli Spooner Goal 24:00'
  • Mitchell Gilbey Assist 24:00'
  • Marcus Bowers Goal 45:00'
  • George Sykes Assist 45:00'
  • Harry Watkins Goal 71:00'
  • Marcus Bowers Assist 71:00'
  • Ryan Ramsey Sub On 74:00'
  • George Sykes Sub Off 74:00'
  • Ethan Kessel Sub On 79:00'
  • Kris Newby Sub Off 79:00'
  • Billy Purdy Sub On 84:00'
  • Ryan Boswell Sub Off 84:00'
  • Darren Phillips Yellow Card 84:00'
  • Abdus Salami Yellow Card 90:00'

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Team selection

Madden, Rhys Madden, Rhys
Boswell , Ryan Boswell , Ryan
Burgess, Joe Burgess, Joe
Sykes, George Sykes, George
Newby, Kris Newby, Kris
Salami, Abdus Salami, Abdus
Phillips, Darren Phillips, Darren
Watkins, Harry Watkins, Harry
Spooner, Oli Spooner, Oli
Bowers, Marcus Bowers, Marcus
Gilbey, Mitchell Gilbey, Mitchell

League round up

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Brentwood Town
Coggeshall Town
Mildenhall Town

League table

# Team Pl Pts
9. Canvey Island 38 51
10. Felixstowe & Walton United 38 50
11. Tilbury 38 49
12. Barking 38 47
13. Brentwood Town 38 45
14. Dereham Town 38 44
15. Great Wakering Rovers 38 41

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