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Post  Dock end John on Sun Oct 12, 2014 6:40 am



Set Pieces Prove Costly for Dockers

by Anthony Mercer

AFC Sudbury 4 Tilbury 0 (Att 237)
Set Pieces Prove Costly for Dockers


Tilbury suffered another away day defeat going down to play off hopefuls AFC Sudbury on Saturday, making it six successive defeats. Tilbury welcomed back Emiel Aiken in attack and made a bright start from the kick off. Babalola twice from the right hand side caused problems. The Dockers were dealt a blow on 8 minutes when Joe Nightingill was substituted due to a hamstring injury. Sudbury has become an unlucky ground for the player, as he lasted the exact same time last season. A minute later a Baker header fell to Davidson who's over-head kick sent the ball over the bar.

The home side took the lead on 19 when Baker flicked the ball into the path Coley, who saw his shot deflected off Vezza. From the resulting corner by Hervel, Ryan Henshaw out jumped the defence and his bullet header found the back of the net. Tilbury still looked dangerous and again Babalola crossed minutes later into an empty box and away to safety. On the half hour Milard made a great save to deny Sudbury making it 2. On 34 they did increase the lead with another dangerous long throw from Wilkinson on the right, found substitute Lawrence Yiga who flicked his header in to the net.

Before the break Flack had a long range effort wide, before the lively Babalola broke free, but Archer blocked well. Aiken had the final effort of the half after a good ball from Hubbard.

Tilbury started the second period well with Hubbard and Babalola having good efforts. On 62 Baker went close but was denied by a Milard save. With Sudbury pushing hard, they were rewarded on 76 when Yiga again rose well to head home a Hervel corner. It became 4-0 with 4 minutes to go when the ball was not cleared in the Tilbury defence and all manner of confusion, the ball fell to Sam Clarke who smashed home from close-range. In the final minute Blackwell nearly made it 5-0 with a shot well saved by Milard.

Tilbury remain in 19th. Manager Gary Henty said "we will still look to strengthen the squad and we now look ahead to Thurrock in the FA Trophy next Friday"

Team:- Milard, Webb Johnson, Vezza, Nightingill (Owen Cool, Hubbard (Taylor-Crossdale 74), Babalola. Carlile, Aiken, May and Flack.

Subs not used: Keiller and Henty
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AWay v AFC Sudbury match report via there website.

Post  Dock end John on Sun Oct 12, 2014 6:35 am

Tilbury Hit For Four
by Tony Simpson

Fifth Game Unbeaten

Tilbury Hit For Four
A.F.C. Sudbury welcomed nineteenth-placed Tilbury to The Wardale Williams Stadium looking to extend their unbeaten run to five matches.

Tilbury kicked off the game attacking from left to right as seen from the Brian Tatum Stand. It was a bright start by the visitors with Francis Babalola making good progress along the right flank and delivering a dangerous cross which Ben Robinson rose to clear ahead of the leaping Emile Aiken. Babalola then looked to break through the heart of the home defence, only to be denied by a brilliant tackle from Ryan Henshaw.

The visitors continued to pressurise the Sudbury defence, winning a fourth minute corner when James Baker was forced to thump the ball behind when under pressure. Ben Robinson produced a towering header to clear the set-piece.

The Essex side were forced into an early change when in the eighth minute Joe Nightingill limped off with a hamstring injury. Ross Owen making an early substitute’s appearance. A minute late and James Baker’s flicked header fell for Correy Davidson whose dramatic over-head kick sent the ball over the crossbar. Within a minute Ben Robinson had a shot blocked in a packed Tilbury penalty area, but calls for handball met with no response. Correy Davidson flicked a neat ball into Ayrton Coley whose dogged persistence won the home side a left wing corner. Ryan Hervel delivered superbly and the ball dashed across the six-yard box and out for a goal-kick.

Sudbury had more than weathered the early Tilbury pressure and were growing in stature in the match. Jack Wilkinson’s long throw from the left was half cleared to Jack Guyton who was bundled down on the edge of the penalty area. Sam Clarke struck a low shot through a forest of legs with Tilbury ‘keeper Ricky Milard doing well to fall to his right to gather.

A.F.C. Sudbury took the lead in the nineteenth minute. James Baker flicked the ball into the path of Ayrton Coley who won a left wing corner via a deflection off Alan Vezza. Ryan Hervel again delivered a superb corner kick which fell to Ryan Henshaw whose deflected header powered into the Tilbury net.

Within a minute, another long Wilkinson throw was hooked on by Sam Clarke in the Tilbury penalty area and a stretching James Baker was unlucky to see his touch take the ball over the Tilbury crossbar. Jack Guyton clashed feet with a Tilbury defender and, though trying to continue, was forced to leave the action with Lawrence Yiga taking his place on twenty-nine minutes.

Correy Davidson almost connected at the near-post from another long, long Wilkinson throw before Wilkinson was the architect of Sudbury’s second goal on thirty-four minutes. His throw from the right, level with the Tilbury penalty area, was met by the leaping Lawrence Yiga whose glanced back-header flew into the Tilbury goal.

A minute later and the possession-hungry home side sent a left wing corner via Ryan Hervel into the Tilbury penalty area to be punched clear by Milard. Tilbury’s efforts on goal had virtually dried up, and Ryan Flack’s thirty-yard shot spooned well wide of Alex Archer’s goal with five minutes remaining to the break. Things got a little better for Tilbury on forty-one minutes when the lively Francis Babalola broke free, but Alex Archer, largely unoccupied during the half, sprung from the goal-line to block brilliantly and the danger was cleared.



Half-Time; AFC Sudbury 2 Tilbury 0

A.F.C. Sudbury’s James Baker almost connected with a Wilkinson right wing corner on forty-eight minutes stretching at the far post. Tilbury again tried to press their hosts, but Sudbury remained very well drilled at the back. Jordan Blackwell came on in the fifty-sixth minute to replace Correy Davidson who had worked very hard in the match.

A fifty-eighth minute corner from Jack Wilkinson from the right saw Milard punch the ball at full stretch and somewhat fortunate to get meaningful purchase and distance on the ball. On sixty-two minutes a Sudbury free-kick was partially cleared, the ball rebounding across the face of the goal with James Baker just unable to get enough on the ball as it slid obligingly into the arms of Milard.


Lawrence Yiga was shown yellow on sixty-five minutes for a tackle on Ryan Flack in which the Sudbury substitute seemed to get full purchase on the ball. A long Wilkinson throw was half cleared to Yiga who thundered a shot wide of Milard’s goal as again Sudbury began to get a grip on the half. Despite this, Tilbury forced three quick corners, but the Sudbury defence never looked in any trouble. Lawrence Yiga, whose play was causing some difficulties for the visitors, flicked on to Robinson whose cross was blocked twice before he found Coley whose shot went over the crossbar.

This was Ayrton Coley’s last action in the game with Terry Rymer replacing him. Rymer immediately headed well into the path of James Baker whose snap shot was straight at Milard. In the seventy-sixth minute Jordan Blackwell was tripped, just outside the penalty area. Wilkinson’s drive hit the wall and when Yiga’s shot was blocked, the ball fell to Craig Pope whose superbly crafted curling shot was brilliantly tipped wide of the left-hand post by Milard.

On seventy-seven minutes Lawrence Yiga rose to a Hervel corner from the right and headed home the third Sudbury goal. A poor challenge on Jack Wilkinson saw the resultant free-kick blocked. The ball fell to James Baker whose goal-bound shot caused all manner of confusion in the Tilbury defence before falling to Sam Clarke who lashed home from close-range.

Sudbury saw out the match in comfortable control, the manner in which they had very professionally approached the entire ninety minutes.

A fifth game unbeaten for A.F.C. Sudbury who now move on to Kirkley and Pakefield on Tuesday evening in the Suffolk Premier Cup.

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