Victory at Tilbury lifts Blues up to 10th
Bostik League North
Saturday 14th October 2017
Tilbury 1(1) Hertford Town 2(1)
(O’Connor 43, Little (og) 76)
The Blues showed lots of character when they came back from a goal down to claim all three points and elevate themselves up into the top half of the table for the first time this season.
In a very open game, full of chances to both teams stage. They started the game well and might have taken the lead on a number of occasions in the opening fifteen minutes. Dan Ferrigno volleyed wide in the 4th minute and Ricky Light had a shot saved from a good position two minutes later.
Tommy Wade then had a ‘goal’ disallowed for offside when he neatly finished off a fine attacking move which began with Brett O’Connor taking the ball half the length of the pitch before releasing Ricky Light down the left wing. Ricky’s perfectly weighted cross, low into the box, was met by Tommy but unfortunately the assistant referee had decided he was marginally offside.
Tommy Wade was then thwarted by a fingertip save from the home custodian when be broke beyond the home defence onto Ollie Sharman’s through-ball and almost chipped the advancing keeper.
But all this activity had failed to produce a goal and inevitably the Blues’ seventh-placed hosts gradually worked their way into the game and Charlie Mann was called into action with a smart save in the 17th minute. They were still on the back foot, though, and both Brett O’Connor and Jason Beck went close to opening the scoring in the 20th and 25th minutes.
The Blues were then made to pay for their profligacy when the home side to a shock 25th minute lead. Glenn Draper, back in the side after a long injury layoff, was unfortunate to headed clearance rebound off the back of Tilbury’s busy striker, Adam Vyse’s head. The loose ball was picked up by former Broxbourne Borough player, Emil Aiken, and taken between two defenders before being slotted under Charlie Mann’s body to open the scoring.
The Blues were clearly rocked by this setback and might easily have conceded a second soon after when Tilbury’s Toby Aromolaran burst through their defence but placed his shot wide when confronted by Charlie Mann.
Having escaped this threat Tommy Wade again came close to getting his name on the scoresheet when his well-directed header from 15 yards brought out another fine save from the home keeper when he tipped it onto the bar.
The play was now truly end-to-end stuff and, after Charlie Mann had made two more saves, Brett O’Connor came up with a 43rd minute equaliser. Brett cut inside from the right and drove the ball high inside the near post, off a slight deflection, from just inside the box.
With the half-time whistle beckoning Tommy Wade was once again in the action when he got behind the home defence onto a pass from Brett O’Connor but shot wide from the edge of the box, with only the keeper to beat.
The second half was a much tighter affair with chances at much more of a premium. Charlie Mann made another good save in the 67th minute but the game was gradually turning in the Blues’ favour. The introduction of substitute Charlie Ruff added extra energy to the Blues’ attack and his chip to Tommy Wade in the 74th minute almost brought a goal. Tommy chested the ball down
and got his shot away only to see a fantastic block put the ball out for a corner.
Matt Thomson took the resulting corner and his ball to the near post was bravely glanced home by Ollie Sharman to score what turned out to be the winning goal.
The Blues will now visit FA Cup 1st Round Proper qualifiers Heybridge Swifts on Tuesday 17th October in what is likely to be a very testing league contest.
Team: Charlie Mann, Ollie Sharman, Jay Lovell, Matt Thomson, Glenn Draper, Jason Beck, Ricky Light (Daniel Bond 79’), Charlie Edwards, Daniel Ferrigno (Charlie Ruff 60’), Tommy Wade and Brett O’Connor (Mark Summers 85’).
Subs not used:, Dan Palmer & Davy Edmee.
Match Report by Ray Greenall
Video © 2017 Nathan Hobley