Erith and Belvedere match report via Mr Anthony Mercer.

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Erith and Belvedere match report via Mr Anthony Mercer.

Post  Dock end John on Thu Jan 23, 2014 3:41 am

The Dockers win 2-0 at Erith and Belevedere with goals from Francis Babalola and Mitchell Gilbey in a game that finishes at 10.20pm.

Tilbury collected just there second away win of the season with 2 goal victory on a late late night for the Dockers. Due to a serious road accident on the A2, the game did not kick off until 8.35pm due to a number of the Dockers, Erith players and two match officials being delayed. The final whistle was blown at 10.20pm.

Due to late arrivals of other Dockers, 3 changes were enforced, with both Wixon and Christou making there first starts since before Christmas and then return of suspended Sam West. Both sides settled in a fast a furious opening. The closest the Dockers came was on 11 when Cutler fired over. The half remained even until just before the break when Tweddell had his effort well saved by Bourne. On 44 Tweddell played in Mitchell Gilbey who slotted home.

Tilbury attacked early in the second half as they dominated the game, with Tweddell firing wide after a good run. Ramos was called upon on 61 when he saved well from the dangerous Lawrence. Jordan Clark also had a good effort for the home side. With 14 minutes remaining Wixon played the ball to Babalola who ran through, rounded the keeper and coolly slotted home to the delight of the travelling fans. The introduction of substitutes Aaron Waters and Jake Pooley who both had very good efforts late on to increase there lead. In the final minute the quiet Ramos saved a Lawrence header.

Manager Paul Vaughan was a pleased man after the game. He said "A nightmare of a journey and well done to all the players, officials and supporters for making the game under extreme circumstances. Very pleased with the midfield on the night"

The result sees Tilbury move up one place to 14th. Tilbury return to Chadfields on Saturday when they welcome high flying Dereham Town.

Tilbury: Ramos, Blackman, Cohen, Daniel, West, Christou, Babalola, Gilbey (Nightingill 87 minutes), Tweddell (Pooley 90), Cutler, Wixon (Waters 81).

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