GRAYS Athletic overcame Tilbury in an entertaining derby at Parkside.

Jamie Stuart's side secured a 3-1 victory over the Dockers to notch their third consecutive Isthmian North win.

Jamie Slabber had the first opportunity of the half, but was denied by a good Clarke Bogard save.

Tilbury had an early chance when Emiel Aiken found space out wide and sent in a low cross, forcing Lamar Johnson into a smart save.

Adam Vyse was next to threaten when he was given too much space and drove into the penalty area, flashing a low drive across Johnson and wide of the far post.

But Tilbury were rewarded for the promising start when, on 13 minutes, Tom Dance found Ryan Melaugh, who found the bottom corner from 20 yards out.

Vyse then saw a header cleared off the goal-line and that escape for Grays allowed the hosts to grow in confidence.

And Stuart's charges equalised two minutes later as Ade Cole found the back of the net. 

Grays looked strong after the break and it only took three minutes for the home side to go in front.

Kieran Bishop chased Tilbury into an error, presenting himself with an opportunity which he readily accepted.

Johnson pulled off an impressive save to stop Aiken getting the Dockers back on level terms.

The Grays goalkeeper tipped the powerful header onto the crossbar.

On 56 minutes, Grays increased their lead. The visitors failed to clear the danger and the ball fell to the lurking Suley Zuhdu, whose low drive was blocked.

But Ryan Mahal was first to the rebound and the right-back fired past Bogard.

Johnson saved another Aiken effort, at full stretch, as Grays were able to pick up another three points.

Meanwhile, Thurrock fell to a 3-1 Isthmian Premier League defeat at Metropolitan Police.

The home side were two goals to the good inside the opening 22 minutes, thanks to efforts from Gavin James and Lloyd Macklin.

James completed a brace three minutes after the break, while Macklin put through his own net on 68 minutes to give Fleet hope.

But Mark Stimson's side were unable to stage an unlikely comeback.