TILBURY boss Marc Harrison was pleased with his side's performance as the Dockers drew 1-1 with Heybridge Swifts at Chadfields.

Kris Newby put the hosts in front, but Heybridge responded immediately as Kreshnic Krasniqi ensured a share of the spoils less than a minute later.

Despite feeling his side deserved all three points, Harrison believes his players are continuing to move in the right direction.

"I was impressed with the work ethic, workrate and performance of my players," said Harrison.

"We created a lot of chances and I respect Heybridge for how their season is going, but I genuinely believe we deserved all three points.

"It's all part of the process, where we are trying to improve our consistency.

"It was disappointing to concede so soon after going ahead, but it's another point to build on."

A Newby free-kick forced Heybridge goalkeeper Chris Haigh into a save soon before the half hour mark and the custodian also kept out an Oli Spooner thunderbolt.

Lewis Smith was the next Tilbury attacker to call Haigh into action, while Tilbury shot-stopper Rhys Madden was equal to a Luke Wilson header soon after the break.

The Dockers took a 75th minute lead as Heybridge failed to clear a corner and Newby fired home through a crowd of bodies.

However, Tilbury's joy was shortlived as Krasniqi gave Madden no chance with an impressive strike from the edge of the penalty area.

Neither side could find a late winner and Harrison's side will now turn their attentions to another side who have bagged an Isthmian North play-off place in the form of Coggeshall Town.

Fifth-placed Coggeshall will visit Chadfields on Saturday and Harrison is looking forward to the challenge.

"We need to respect Coggeshall because they are a very good side with a great management team," added the Tilbury chief.

"They have done so well to get themselves into the position they are in during their first season since promotion."