Taking nothing away from The Dockers who are a hard working and impressive side, they played really well at the back and defended heroically at times clearing shots of the line on a number of occasions. When the home side’s defence was breached it was down to their experienced goalkeeper James Marrable to keep the ball out of the net, He made a good number of saves.On a very heavy pitch that was sanded in places it was a highly entertaining game and a great advert for the Ryman League.
But for two defensive lapses including a “controversial “second goal from Tilbury (which all the Town player’s called for offside for....most of the Town travelling fans were down the other end so we can’t say 100% if the player was off or on) I am sure the Town would of at least got a draw if not won the game.Another talking point came in the opening moments when Neil Johnston (who put in an impressive performance) received the ball on the right hand side of Tilbury’s penalty box only to be shoved off the ball by Tilbury Defender. Was it a foul?? Have a look on the video from 00:05secs.
As I’ve stated above take nothing away from the Tilbury side....I don’t want this to sound like a fan of football club complaining that the best side lost etc. The Dockers worked hard and took their chances so fair play to them. This win puts them back up into the play off places so they too are in contention for promotion this season. The cold end was impressed by Emiel Aiken on the left hand side of midfield and as mentioned James Marrable. Gary Henty (who scored that wonder goal at Theobalds Lane in August), playing in midfield, also had a good game for the home side.
For the Town I lost count how many headers Rudi Hall won in midfield and Liam Hope was very unlucky not to carry on his scoring run.
The last mention must go to Walid Matata’s spectacular overhead kick which is surely in the top three contenders for Enfield Town goal of the season.
LINE UPS TILBURY (4-4-2) ENFIELD TOWN (4-3-3) Black and White Shirts Red and Yellow shirts James Marrable 1 Noel Imber Conor Mead 2 Dave Kendall Eljay Worrell 3 Phil Kane Paul King 4 Craig McKay Joe Nightingill 5 Mark Kirby Gary Henty 6 Rudi Hall Emiel Aitken 7 Adam Wallace Stephen Good 8 Neil Johnston Alex Read 9 Liam Hope Tom Webb 10 Dean Pennant Bradley Barnes 11 Walid Matata Subs Sam West Jordon Lockie Bostroy Bansende (for 8) Jey Siva Tom Wraight Michael Bardle (for 10) David Bryan (for 10) Daniel Ailey Chris Taylor Leon Osei (for 11)
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