MARC Harrison hailed his Tilbury side after ending Maldon & Tiptree’s season-long unbeaten run in the Isthmian North.

The Dockers came from behind to seal a late 2-1 win over the Jammers at Park Drive.

And boss Harrison was full of joy after Tilbury triumphed despite not starting the encounter by playing to their strengths.

“I don’t think we were at our best,” said Harrison.

“We sacrificed a lot of our game to stop Maldon playing.

“Having looked, in depth, at how they like to play, we aimed to take out their strengths.

“When we went 1-0 down, we took the game to them.

“If we started in the way we finished the game, we could have caused them a lot more problems.

“I thought we fully deserved the win and it was a big result for us.

“Ending Maldon’s unbeaten run in the league made it even better.”

Maldon went into the clash having recorded 14 wins and not suffered a single defeat in their opening 15 outings in the Isthmian North this season.

In fact, the Jammers had only been beaten twice - by Isthmian Premier League outfit Enfield Town and League Two’s Newport County - all campaign.

And Maldon, who had struck the post moments earlier, went ahead thanks to Laste Dombaxe firing home from close range having been found by Ryan Charles six minutes after the interval.

However, the Dockers were back on level terms with 11 minutes remaining as Ryan Mallett’s cross was headed down by Brian Moses and Tommy Barton was on hand to rifle into the back of the net.

The leveller unsettled Maldon and Tilbury profited by grabbing the all-important winner three minutes later.

David Knight was brought down on the edge of the penalty area and his resulting free-kick crashed off defender Billy Cracknell for an own goal.

The triumph saw the Dockers remain in the play-off places, but a host of sides are breathing down Tilbury’s neck as they challenge for a spot in the top five.

And Harrison insists his side cannot afford to drop points.

“We need to stay in the play-offs and we are not willing to let anyone take our play-off spot off us,” added Harrison.

“Every team and manager wants to be in there challenging for promotion, but you have to understand how much it takes.

“We have players determined to fight for every ball and we pride ourselves on our identity.”

Tilbury have not suffered an Isthmian North defeat since November, much to the delight of Harrison.

“Our unbeaten run is fully deserved because of the way we have applied ourselves,” admitted the Dockers’ chief.

“We have lost one in 10 in all competitions and we were aware that our home form had to improve, which it has.”