Tilbury vs Chatham Town

Ryman North
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18/03/2014
Score: 0 - 2

Match Report

Referee: Mr O Davies      Attendance: 61

Chatham’s visit to Tilbury last Tuesday did not produce a classic game, but even so we were easily the better side and recorded a reasonably comfortable 2-0 victory.

The first half was typical non league football – it was played at considerable pace, but with most of the action in the middle of the field.  Chatham always looked the more likely to score, but genuine chances were few.  Lewis Knight had a chance following a corner after quarter of an hour, while Tilbury headed over following their first corner midway through the half.

The next fifteen minutes were decidedly scrappy on the pitch, not helped by some puzzling decisions from the officials.  But late in the half, Chatham began to stamp their authority on the game.  A Corey Holder header rolled slowly along the goal line for several seconds but refused to cross it, and in injury time at the end of the half Kieran McCann turned and shot but his effort went wide.

So the first half was a little frustrating, but the game turned decisively in Chatham’s favour in the first ten minutes of the second half.  The first goal came on 53, after Ade Yusuff received the ball just inside the Tilbury half.  Tilbury appealed for offside but the flag stayed down, and Yusuff took the ball right into the area before shooting and scoring.  Ninety seconds later, Lee Hales put Chatham two up.  This goal came from a long ball forward, which was collected by Hales with Tilbury goalkeeper Marrable rushing towards him.  Hales had to decide whether to take the ball round the keeper or over him, and chose to place it over the keeper’s head and into the net.

Yusuff went close again on 75 when he got on the end of a McCann cross and forced a good save from Marrable, but it was Tilbury who saw most of the ball in the final part of the game.  Jack Bradshaw was forced into two good saves, but Tilbury knew they were beaten and devoted the last few minutes to arguing with the officials.  That led them to have a player rather pointlessly sent off deep into stoppage time, and the final whistle saw Chatham the deserving 2-0 winners.

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