TILBURY'S recent good run of form came to an end as the Dockers fell to a 3-1 defeat to play-off hopefuls Barking.

Toby Aromolaran got on the scoresheet for Joe Keith's side, but it was not enough to allow Tilbury to take anything from the Isthmian North encounter.

With the game passing a late pitch inspection at Chadfields, both sides started well despite the slippery conditions.

An early cross from Conor Mead after was cleared before Abdus Salami saw his header well saved by Emmanuel Olajide.

Barking's Kiernan Hughes-Mason, who began the season with Grays Athletic, then passed up a good chance on 10 minutes when he saw his curling effort go wide.

Barking opened the scoring a minute later as Billy Jones chased down a long ball and pounced on Dockers goalkeeper Clarke Bogard's sliced clearance to put the ball in the back of an empty net.

Barking came close to extending their lead but Jones hit just wide.

Before the break Kris Newby had two good chances, with a good save and another effort straight at goal.

Tilbury came out after half-time all guns blazing and, on 48 minutes, a major talking point came when Adam Vyse raced through with the ball and rounded Olajide.

With the goal at his mercy, Olajide's arm sent Vyse tumbling to the ground on the edge of the penalty area.

It was close to being a penalty and the crowd waited to see a red card, but the referee chose a yellow and awarded a free kick on the edge of the box.

The resulting free kick came to nothing but the Tilbury pressure continued and on 64 minutes the deserved equaliser came when Ross Gleed laid a pass for Aromolaran to race onto and he finished well.

Tilbury were well on top and five minutes later Vyse hit the crossbar.

Aromolaran then fired over when it seemed easier to score.

Against the run of play, Barking nicked a second goal when a free kick from Abs Seymour went straight in.

Seymour compounded Tilbury’s misery three minutes later, racing through and avoiding the offside flag to chip past Bogard.

The result sees Tilbury remain in 16th. The Dockers return to action on Saturday when they make a trip to Norfolk to play Dereham Town.

Tilbury: Bogard, Mead (Little 78'), Odelusi (Adebayo 78'), Salami, Beniot, Turpin, Newby, Carlile, Vyse, Gleed, Aromolaran