For the second successive game Tilbury lost out in a 7 goal thriller, therefore exiting the FA Trophy on a wet and windy afternoon on South West London.
Tilbury travelled to Imber Court for the first time in nearly 20 years and the first meeting in the FA Trophy. It was another game you could not take your eyes off.
The first real chance of the game fell inside 2 minutes when Brian Moses was played through, but struck straight at the keeper. Both sides pushed hard on a slippery surface. The game livened up just after the first quarter, with both goals coming from mistakes. The home side took the lead, when Aldridge parried at the feet of Ross Murdoch who placed home. Within a minute Tilbury equalised when a long Darren Phillips ball fell to Moses, keeper Forster missed the ball and Moses calmly slotted in to an empty net.
Forster redeemed himself on 28 when he made an outstanding save from a Marlon Agyakwa free kick. Soon after Forster was leaving the pitch with a leg injury, being replaced by youngster Alfie Rule. He was in the action almost immediately as he saved well from Ogunwamide, before gifting Agyakwa by dropping the ball in the net from a cross on the left hand side on 42. Before the break, Aldridge saved well, before Met Police were denied a certain penalty as the referee blew for half time.
The home side started the second period as they finished the first, as they attacked Tilbury. on 48 Hamilton knocked the ball to Murdoch who nipped in to poke home past Aldridge. They then took the lead on 53 when a corner from the left was met by Jeremy Arthur's head. Tilbury showed no sign of retreat, but were reduced to 10 men on 56 when Eljay Worrell picked up a second yellow card and was dismissed. It did not stop the Dockers as 4 minutes later Ola Ogunwamide picked the ball up and burst past Fisher and slot through the legs of Rule to make it 3-3. On 66 and despite strong pressure, Met Police scored the all important goal, when Jack Mazzone volleyed home from just inside the penalty area for a fine goal. After multiple attempts for the away side to gain something from the game, the home defence held out well. On 83 Tilbury's best chance fell to the feet of leading scorer Moses, who struck the inside of the post.
Tilbury return to league action next Saturday, when they welcome new boys Histon.
Team: Aldridge, Boswell, Worrell, Kendall, Songolo, Phillips, Ogunwamide (Ekpiteta 75), Barton, Moses, Spooner (Carter 72) and Agyakwa (Burgess 60)