Hullbridge Sports played Tilbury for the second time in a matter of weeks and the sides again served up a goal feast. A few weeks ago the teams shared a 6 goal thriller, this time Hullbridge went one better to win 4-3.
Tilbury welcomed back Connor Wheatley between the sticks and a first start for Calvin Ekpiteta. It was a fast start to the game and it was Hullbridge on 6 minutes, seeing Homans finding Luke Hornsley who controlled the ball and smashed it into the roof of the net. Despite the early home dominance, the Dockers reply was almost instant, when Ekpiteta smashed over from a corner.
Former Docker Luke Hornsley saw a 30 yard chip, strike the bar, before going 2 in front on 23. Thompson played a through ball to Yemi Adelani who made no mistake when slotting the ball home.
5 minutes later Tilbury did pull a goal back, when Ryan Boswell went on a right wing run, before finding Marlon Agyakwa who fired home. Tilbury had a firm grip and came close to an equaliser when Brian Moses could only find the bar with his header. Although, once again, this was a missed chance that Tilbury may regret after Hullbridge turned the tide completely on its head with yet another mistake, this time from keeper Wheatley who only half cleared and the ball fell to Courtney Homans who slotted the ball into the open net to make it 3-1.
If the supporters thought they had entertainment in the first half, the second half was no disappointment. The second half started with Tilbury well on top and the away side came close to scoring right away when Calvin Ekpiteta found Greene's grateful arms. However, the second goal did come in the 47th minute when Ekpiteta made up for his earlier miss when he slotted home from close range from a Boswell cross. Tilbury's tails were up and they had a firm grip on the game with Hullbridge unable to get out of their own half. In the 53rd minute, a fantastic last-ditch challenge from Sam Knock kept the score at 3-2.
On 68 the home side gain opened up the 2 goal lead when Timothy Monsheju found the back of the net with the help of a slight deflection which wrong-footed Wheatley. On 78, Tilbury responded again. The excellent Ryan Boswell assisted for the third time in the game when he crossed for Marlon Agyakwa finished superbly on the volley at the back post.
Tilbury were in complete dominance and had a life line on 84 when the referee pointed to the spot to give Tilbury a chance to complete a comeback. Leading scorer Brian Moses stepped up, but saw Greene dive to his left and save well.
The final effort of the game, came in the 5th minute of added time when Ola Ogunwamide swung a cross in to find Brian Moses who smashed over from 6 yards.
Tilbury return to more cup action this Saturday when they travel to Metropolitan Police in the FA Trophy.
Team: Wheatley, Boswell, Worrell, Carter, Easterford (Kendall 19), Phillips (Songolo 46), Ogunwamide, Barton, Moses, Agyakwa and Ekpiteta (Spooner 70)
Subs: Burgess and Brougham