FA Cup report v St Neots Town via Mr Anthony Mercer.

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FA Cup report v St Neots Town via Mr Anthony Mercer.

Post  Dock end John on Fri Sep 25, 2015 4:33 pm

Tilbury's FA Cup journey finished in a replayed tie against Cambridgeshire side St Neots in an incident-packed FA Cup tie. The game saw seven goals, three sending off's and goalmouth chances galore.

Tilbury started brightly with Harry Cook going close after 2 minutes. St Neots took the lead on 18 when Tom Ward headed home from a Jack Wilkinson corner. Meechan then went close on 25 when Bogard blocked, before going further in front on 27 after Ward had been brought down in the area and Meechan slotted home. The Dockers never gave up and they thought they were rewarded on 45 when Richmond was brought down in the box, but Kurt Smith's spot kick was saved by Gay. The second half started badly for the visitors when Jamie Anton was dismissed for barging Kurt Smith. Tilbury started to press forward looking for a way back into the game and laid siege on St Neots goal for a long period. In the space of 5 minutes Carlile had an effort blocked on the line, Kurt Smith rasping free kick just over and Aiken's long range effort well saved.

The Dockers thought they had another penalty on 65 when Smith was brought down at the same time the assistant was flagging for offside. A Jack Carlile finish on 71 minutes saw them pull a goal back. On 79 Tilbury's evening was dealt a huge blow when Kurt Smith was adjudged to have dived and received a second yellow card. Jack Carlile protested and he was also given a second yellow card. St Neots regained the upper hand and restored their two-cushion when Dan Hobbs and Meechan combined to set up Ryan Hawkins to score. Despite the man advantage the Dockers struck again with 4 minutes remaining when Danny Gay dropped a cross and the ball came off Harry Cook into the net for 3-2 to St Neots. Within a minute Neil Richmond saw his effort brilliantly saved by Gay which may have taken the game to extra time. On 88 St Neots responded with Meechan's second. They still had time deep into injury time to finish the game off when Hobbs slotted home to make it a 5-2 victory.

The Dockers return to league action on Saturday, when they welcome Dereham Town.
Team

Bogard, Mead, Glozier, D Smith, Pooley (Babalola 67), Game, Aiken, Carlile, H Cook, Richmond, K Smith

Unused Subs: Webb, Hanlon, Awokoya and Collins
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