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FA Trophy exit for the Dockers
5:09pm Thursday 20th September 2012 in Sport
NON-LEAGUE: TILBURY made an early exit in this season’s FA Trophy with a heavy defeat on a warm afternoon in Surrey, writes Anthony Mercer.
Lloyd Anderson made his debut in goal in place of unavailable James Marrable and was picking the ball out of the net after just six minutes.
A high cross from Carr into the centre, where Jermeile Johnson was left on his own on the edge of the area, saw him chip the advancing Anderson. It might have been different had Danny Francis’ shot very early on not been well saved by Kennedy in the home goal.
The advantage was enhanced just five minutes later after a pass was not dealt with and the ball fell to Carr.
Carr fired home low in to the net from 15 yards. On 16 minutes there was a seven minute delay as home defender Alex Frostick stretched for a ball and – following treatment – was caried off with what seemed ligament damage.
Moments later Kennedy was again forced into a fingertip save as Francis again went close, as Tilbury tried to get their game going, However on 37, Waters was adjudged to have brought down Carr on the edge of the area. But the referee pointed to the spot and Tommy McGarry delivered a cheeky chipped spot kick that could have been disastrous.
But it worked well to create a three goal lead. Dockers boss Paul Vaughan made two changes at the break as Tilbury looked for an early strike after the restart.
Tilbury needed to hit the ground running in the second to get any hope of rescuing the game.
But it never came. In the 52nd minute Chertsey saw Johnson on the right causing problems, passed to Carr who moved forward ten yards before hitting past Anderson. Tilbury had a short period of possession but nothing to show for their efforts. And the Dockers continued to be frustrated in the second half with decisions going against them. Tilbury scored a consolation goal with 10 minutes remaining when a quickly taken free kick caught out the back line. And Danny Francis scored from close range. But Tilbury played out the last 12 minutes with 10 men as Tom Wraight was taken off injured. Chertsey had chances in the final few minutes hitting both the bar and post but they could not add to their tally. Tilbury are next in action tomorrow Saturday when they travel to Soham Town Rangers who won their first game of the season on Saturday.
For much more non league see Friday's THURROCK GAZETTE