NON LEAGUE: TILBURY were the only borough non-league team to play at the weekend and they slumped to a frustrating 4-2 defeat at the hands of Wroxham in Norfolk.
Paul Vaughan’s Dockers returned to action after their lengthy break.
The game was in doubt until the morning, but when the Dockers arrived they found the pitch in good condition. However, they figured without the howling wind which gave the home side the advantage in the first half. Vaughan had made a number of changes including giving a debut for keeper Tristan Hickman.
But Hickman was picking the ball out of the net after just two minutes when a swirling corner was turned as Jordan King poked the ball home. King was on the scoreboard again 10 minutes later.
He stabbed home at the back post from another swirling corner.
And there was another blow for Tilbury when they lost Cohen to injury. With 30 minutes gone substitute Jake Pooley came close when he had his header well saved.
However, Wroxham’s Guyton made it 3-0 in the 32nd minute.
Harrison Tweddell then had the ball in the net, but it was ruled offside. Wroxham made it 4-0 in the 38th minute. Another swirling corner saw Drake powered home.
Tilbury started the second half better and pushed hard and were rewarded when Waters found Harrison Twedell at the back post and he stabbed in. With the wind on their backs, rather than faces, Tilbury began to make inroads.
They continued to push hard and put the home side on the back foot. And a Cutler ball with 12 minutes remaining found Gilbey who beat the offside trap and scored.
The balance of power seemed to be changing but then came the bodyblow when captain Aaron Waters was sent off for a second yellow card.