Enfield Town 3 Tilbury 4
Match played on Tuesday 23rd August
Even when Walid Matata hit the back of the net from a penalty kick very late on in injury time you somehow knew there was going to be more to this match. From a neutral prospective this was an absolutely brilliant game including loads of talking points and action. The Town player's thought they'd done enough to earn a deserved point but a sting in the tail came even more later on when Docker's captain Gary Henty hit a un-stoppable 35 yard strike that crashed off the crossbar and into the net for the three points to go back to Essex.
Town were in front at half-time through a Liam Hope header from a corner and had had a number of chances to increase their lead but found Tilbury keeper James Marrable in fine form. Take nothing away from the visitors as they also had a number of chances to score in the first half.
Just prior to the break Town's Leon Osei was red carded for a challenge on Tilbury's Kevin Malthouse. The Cold End can categorically state there was no intention on Leon's part to hurt anyone and it was just a freak incident which somebody in the crowd described as a "forward's challenge." Leon was gutted leaving the field and I'm sure the last thing he and everybody present wanted to see was a player leaving the field injured. The Cold End sends best wishes out to Kevin and hopes he is back playing football sooner rather than later.
The second half saw Tilbury equalise through a great volley from left to right across the goal and then take the lead following a cross into the box which was poked home into the net. The ten men of Town worked really hard with Marrable again making some good stops. However, he was unable to keep out Mark Kirby's shot from just inside the box which trickled over the line to make it 2-2.
Tilbury took the lead again to make it 2-3 through a penalty kick which looked to have won the game going into injury time. However, there was more action when the referee ruled Walid Matata had been brought down in the box to give another penalty kick. The Cold End has reviewed both penalty decisions and it's a case of you've seen them given and you've seen them not given. As stated, Matata scored the penalty kick only for Henty to make it amazingly 3-4 right at the end of the game.
MATCH HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDING ALL SEVEN GOALS ALONG WITH LOADS OF OTHER ACTION AND TALKING POINTS IS BELOW
Look out for......the sending off (from 2mins 35secs), Tilbury's first goal (from 3mins 52secs), the two penalty decisions (Were they or Weren't they??? 7mins 5secs & 8mins 32secs) and Gary Henty's fantastic last gasp winner from 35 yards out (a better strike you will not see all season.... from 9mins 59secs)