Tilbury travelled to 8th placed Dereham, which saw Dereham's recent good run ended by a good Tilbury side.
Tilbury got off to a perfect start taking the lead in the 9th minute. Striker Brian Moses latched onto a through ball from Oli Spooner, beating Elliot Pride with a neat finish.
The Dockers were pressing hard and home keeper Pride made a brilliant close range save to deny Ola Ogunwamide. Dereham missed a good chance in the 23rd minute when Logan combined well with Robbie Linford to set up Owen Murphy who’s close range effort was well saved by Harry Aldridge.Tilbury were looking good going forward and increased their advantage when Lee Burns headed home a corner in the 27th minute from David Knight.
Things got worse for the home side in the 35th minute David Knight put Oliver Spooner through and he was upended in the box. David Knight drilled home the spot kick to increase Tilbury’s advantage, with Pride going close to save it. Tilbury were then riding there luck for about 10 minutes just before the break, when Dereham had a number of corners. Dereham had a shot cleared off the line as half time drew. After the break home keeper Pride made another great save to keep out Moses’ drive as he homed in on goal. The Magpies won a free kick on the right with Jamie Forshaw seeing a left foot volley blocked following Logan’s centre. Visiting keeper Aldridge was then forced to keep out Linford’s low drive. Tilbury always looked dangerous and a superb tackle from Charlie Dickerson stopped Ogunwamide in his tracks on the edge of the box. Dereham came within inches of netting when Hilliard struck the bar with a header and Forshaw’s follow up was blockedAs play switched ends Ogunwamide flashed a drive past the far post. In the 74th minute Pride again excelled to turn Adam Topley’s blistering 30 yard shot onto the bar.
Dereham did manage to score on 77 minutes but it was to little to late, as Adam Hipperson volleyed in Logan’s centre at the far post. In the 4th minute of injury time Pride had to turn Knight’s shot on the turn for a corner. Dereham launched a quick counter and Hipperson had an effort headed off the line as the Tilbury defence held firm. and left Norfolk with a well deserved 3 points.
Tilbury return to action on Tuesday night, when they make the short trip to Bowers and Pisea in the Essex Senior Cup 4th Round.
Team: Aldridge, Boswell, Worrell, Easterford, Burns, Ogunwamide, Barton (Kendall 82), Moses, Spooner, Topley and Knight
Subs Not Used: Burgess, Agyakwa, Purdy and Carter